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Nacho Libre (2006)



Critic Consensus: At times hilarious, but other times offensive, Director Jared Hess is unable to recapture the collective charisma of his Napoleon characters, instead relying on a one-joke concept that runs out of steam. Sure to entertain the adolescents, however.

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Jared Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) directs this bizarre comedy starring Jack Black as Nacho, a young man who works as a cook in the Mexican monastery where he was raised. When the institution faces a financial crisis, Nacho decides that he must come to the aid of the house of God (as well as the beautiful young nun who has recently joined the order) by competing in the local Lucha Libre tournament. Donning a spandex outfit, mask, and cape, Nacho becomes a hero for the ages -- but can he win the heart of a woman of the cloth? ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Ana de la Reguera
as Sister Encarnación
Richard Montoya
as Guillermo
Darius Rose
as Chancho
Moises Arias
as Juan Pablo
Carlos Maycotte
as Segundo Núñez
Carlos A. Montoya
as Segundo Nuñez
Rafael Montalvo
as Elderly Monk
Julio Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Juilo Sandoval
as Snaggle Tooth Monk
Enrique Muñoz
as Señor Ramón
Felipe Jesús
as Arena Referee
Agustín Rey
as Galindo No. 1
Troy Gentile
as Young Nacho
Julio Escalero
as Ramses Trainer
Peter Stormare
as The Gypsy Emperor
Filiberto Estrella
as Duende No. 1
Jorge Valdés García
as Commentator No. 2
Craig Williams
as El Snowflake
Brett Chan
as Dynasty
Mike Ching
as El Chino
Armando 'Mucha Crema' Gaytan
as Pro (Coliseo) Announcer
Rafael González López
as Pro (Coliseo) Referee
Antonio Salazar Gómez
as Ring (Arena) Announcer
Armando Tapia
as Monk No. 1
René Campero
as Wrestling Official
Lisa Owen
as Nacho's Mother
Leobardo Magadan
as Commentator
Feliciano Ramos Mendoza
as Amateur Announcer
Alfonso 'Pompin' Ramirez
as Ameteur Referee
Miguel Angel Bonequi Trujillo
as Hacienda Tough Doorman
Rodolfo García Merino
as Motivational Coach
Maria Gonzalez
as Peasant Woman
Cristóbal Puente
as Nacho's Father
Joaquín Luis Jiménez
as Ashen Faced Man
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Critic Reviews for Nacho Libre

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (38)

Imagine my disappointment then, which grew to disbelief, which turned into utter disdain, by the time the credits rolled on this clunker.

June 19, 2006

Nacho Libre, naïvely made kids' stuff, lacks such minor attributes as a decent script and supporting cast.

June 19, 2006

Nacho Libre strikes a delicate balance of whimsy and absurdity that may surprise auds primed to expect wall-to-wall slapstick.

June 16, 2006
Top Critic

The film's sheer lack of everything that customarily passes for comic fuel -- energy, wit, character, fun, a plot -- renders Nacho Libre a torturous patience tester of the first order.

June 16, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Some things work well, but many are strained in execution. There are times Nacho Libre looks like it's struggling to find a reason to continue.

June 16, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The comedy is hit and miss, with good bits interrupted by dead patches.

June 16, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nacho Libre

mostly funny, very entertaining and quirky film. i understand the affinity many have for it, especially younger people who may have seen it in their teen years. i know my kids dig it, and watching it with them is always fun.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

Jack Black is mostly his usual self as a cooking Mexican monk who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and suddenly has a chance to go down that path while having to keep it a secret from the monastery. Which basically means, you get what you're expecting from such a film. The humor is hit and miss, with a couple of good laughs and as many awkward silences. Wrestling fans at least should have fun with the fights, even if a couple of them could have been much longer. Nothing big to write home about, but entertaining enough for fans of this humor who have nothing else to do on a rainy afternoon.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Nacho Libre is a surprisingly decent comedy with Jack Black, whom I never really was a big fan of. This is a fun, whimsical comedy and is one of the better films with Jack Black. Nacho Libre is a decent flick with a few good laughs here and there, but is never anything great. What makes this film a slight misfire is the fact that Jack Black basically plays the same character he's been playing from the beginning of his career. The humor is good, better than I thought. Considering that this is Jack Black film, this is a pretty decent flick. I normally hate his stuff, but there's something about Nacho Libre that I enjoyed. This film is a decent comedy to watch with your family, and it delivers some laughs here and there. The film could have been better. The result is an entertaining comedy that delivers laughs, but you realize that something is missing from this film to truly create something memorable. Overall, this is a charming film that almost gets the job done. Nacho Libre is mindless fun from start to finish, and despite the fact that it's not perfect, it manages to be fun entertainment. The film is worth watching, and compared to other Jack Black films, it's better too. Though not perfect, this film is fun, and if you enjoy a mindless comedy, this is the perfect flick for you to watch. Definitely one of the better Jack Black films that I've seen.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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