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Get the Gringo (2012)



Critic Consensus: Energetic and hard-hitting, Get the Gringo plays squarely to its lead actor's strengths as a skilled portrayer of men put through physical and emotional hell.

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Mel Gibson finds new life in a Mexican jail after getting caught at the border with $4 million dollars of Mobster money in this production from former first assistant director turned helmer, Adrian Grunberg. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Get the Gringo

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (8)

[Gibson] and the boy make the kind of cross-generational double act that deservedly went out of fashion with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, although it's superficially toughened up with bad language and cigarettes.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[A] lively, non-PC caper-thriller, with touches of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino...

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The plot thickens to the density of Semtex, then explodes.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A superior genre effort, even if its chances of setting the box office on fire are less than zero.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Superbly constructed, pithily scripted and absurdly entertaining.

May 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The closest Mel Gibson's come to playing Martin Riggs since the last Lethal Weapon.

May 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Get the Gringo


Gibson plays a Yankee con artist/thief thrown into a Mexican prison: level 1. Gibson plays the type of action star of a Hollywood con movie, wherein he is smarter, better than anyone else, and letting the audience in on the action so that they can feel as if they are smarter, better than anyone else: level 2. Gibson is a disgraced Hollywood star (he said Jews are bad in a town run by Jews) attempting to slick his way back into good graces by producing a golden egg, because they can't resist gold ... The location and the immersion in the Latino culture is refreshing, the look at Mexican prisons informative. The plot: predictable. S'okay, but nothing to write about on Rotten Tomatoes about.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Very entertaining, albeit not particularly exciting prison/heist/con film, that shows Gibson in the same form he's been in around the times of Payback. His character here is as charming and clever as ever, but things go a bit too smoothly most of the time, so there isn't exactly a major thrill about any of it. The location of the run-down Mexican prison also doesn't make for a very versatile setting. The result is still enjoyable thanks to the leading man and a few pretty clever turns.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Known as "How I spent my summer Vacation" in the UK?! A strange and quirky film set in a Mexican prison, which feels more like a mini city for of bad guys. This didn't get much hype, and I didn't know what to expect which possibly made me like it a bit more. It feels a bit gritty and rough around the edges compared to a lot of Mel Gibson's films, but it was still a decent watch if nothing spectacular. Reminded me of Payback a little.

Dean King
Dean King

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