(2006)

Critic Reviews

52

Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Endearingly ridiculous.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Black's caped "luchador" grows on you. Like a fun guy.
70
An amiably clunky, unapologetically silly summer confection that nevertheless lands sufficient lethal slams to the funny bone.
63
New York Daily News
The sweetness of Nacho's nature, along with Black's unselfconscious physical enthusiasm, turn all this into a live-action cartoon, with the ring violence having no greater consequence than a Wile E. Coyote fall from a high place.
63
Chicago Tribune
The film is easy to take and easy to forget, even with Black running around Oaxaca in turquoise wrestling tights.
50
Village Voice
Nacho Libre plays like a Jack Black best-of, down to the song he wrote and performs for de La Reguera that sounds like some Tejano version of a Tenacious D throwaway.
50
L.A. Weekly
Like the abominable "Napoleon Dynamite," director Jared Hess' second feature will doubtless capture the hearts and minds of 12-year-old boys everywhere, even if Nacho Libre sacrifices the earlier film's aggressive mean-spiritedness in favor of gentle slapstick lunacy.
50
Premiere
When he runs out of material to tickle with, Black dips into his musically tenacious "deedle-diddle-dee" for some sure-fire ridiculousness.
50
Austin Chronicle
Infinitely more entertaining than anything the WWE has done recently, this sophomore outing from "Napoleon Dynamite" director Hess is full of cheesy goodness, but it's Velveeta.
50
By making Nacho a do-gooder, Hess defuses Black's subversive energy. You could argue that Black also played a do-gooder in "School of Rock," but the kids in that film were a lot spunkier, and Black wasn't constantly playing for sympathy as he does here.

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