The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Jones' feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada , about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts out quietly nuanced, with… The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Jones' feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada , about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts out quietly nuanced, with…
DVD Review

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 06, 2006; DVD Release Date: Jun 06, 2006; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Pepper; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Jones' feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts out quietly nuanced, with apparent Last Picture Show ambitions. Then it gets lost on a meandering ride to Mexico, as his grizzled rancher takes a murdered pal's body back home. Lonesome Dove it ain't.

EXTRAS ''Sounds like a dulcimer,'' says costar Dwight Yoakam as the opening-credits music plays. That's just the start of a hilariously inarticulate commentary, alternating rambling conversation with prolonged silence. It's the only extra, but it's a hoot.

Originally posted Jun 02, 2006 Published in issue #880-881 Jun 09, 2006 Order article reprints