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United States, Mexico · 2012
1h 36m
Director Adrian Grünberg
Starring Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Peter Stormare
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

On his way to the Mexican border with $2 million in the trunk of his car, a getaway driver ends up in the infamous "El Pueblito" prison. As the only American inmate, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo" and learns how rough it is to be a stranger in a world of criminals.

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Boston Globe by

Subpar stuff with a few multiplex-worthy bits: a gonzo opening chase with the US Border Patrol, some wisecracking narration, and grungy location atmosphere. [15 July 2012, p.N10]


Empire by Dan Jolin

A Mex-set spaghetti Western featuring toilet humour, organ transplants and the closest Mel Gibson’s come to playing Martin Riggs since the last Lethal Weapon.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

However agonising it is to admit it, this film isn't half bad, a sparky black-comic actioner with a cute "con trick" scene showcasing Gibson's Clint Eastwood impression.


Variety by Peter Debruge

Gibson knows how to play to the camera, and Grunberg is savvy enough to maximize what the star gives, spinning a slick package around the crazy scenario.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Gibson wisecracks with a weary panache, and the tech credits are sharp: production designer Bernardo Trujillo and director of photography Benoît Debie make El Pueblito look almost as disreputable as their leading man’s pebbledashed phizog.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Gibson still has all the energy, impulsive gear-shifting ability and growly vocal command to anchor a muscular film such as this; he co-wrote it for himself, after all, and he certainly knows by now what he does best. Hernandez is entirely credible as a tough little customer with real guts, and all the actors playing bad guys seize their opportunities with relish.


Time Out by Tom Huddleston

There’s no escaping the fact that this is a nasty, vicious little film – the climax is startlingly unpleasant. But with its sharp dialogue, beautifully streamlined story and fistful of surprises, the Mel haters are going to have to find another brickbat for now.

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