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Bandidas (2006)

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Latina heartthrobs Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz co-headline the rousing indie Western Bandidas. The brainchild of producer/screenwriter Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Big Blue), Bandidas marks one of only a handful of films in its genre (along with Bad Girls, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, and Johnny Guitar) to use women as its principals, and distinguishes itself further by adding hefty doses of comic relief to the Western formula. Hayek and Cruz play Sara and Maria, respectively -- two

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A nominal action-comedy that fails to provide either excitement or amusement.

January 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Silly, breezy fun, fueled by playful chemistry between its charismatic, appealing stars.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Bandidas comes from writer/producer Luc Besson, and it has the same kind of brisk, lightweight comic action as films like Wasabi (2001) and The Transporter (2002).

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This is essentially a buddy comedy with cleavage, and quite a bit at that.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review | Comment (1)
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[C]harmingly goofy...

January 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

a pleasant surprise, especially for what is basically a DVD release... and it helps to have two gorgeous women headlining the film

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Never has a film with Luc Besson's fingerprints on it popped so little, but only directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg are to blame for the film's lack of imagination.

September 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's incredibly inconsequential, buttery entertainment, but it'll surely put a smile on your face if you can find a way to appreciate its rambunctious spirit.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

όποια ελπίδα για σοβαρή δράση,

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's shameless, and silly, and very entertaining.

July 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Luc Besson deve ter uma lábia fabulosa para ter conseguido convencer duas atrizes estabelecidas a se sujeitarem a este tipo de chauvinismo pavoroso.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

This is a 'summer movie' if I ever saw one. Release it already!

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

a heist western that is devoid of thrills, sizzle, or any real humor

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Bandidas

Light comic fun as two women from different sides of the track team up in Old Mexico to rob banks. Dwight Yoakum is fun as the moustache twirling bad guy, Steve Zahn the ever underappreciated good guy, but the highly watchable leads, Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek are the buddy team and heart of this Besson produced light entertainment buggy ride.
April 29, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Bandidas is unrepentant fun. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz begin as opposites in a familiar western theme of revenge against the greedy out to murder, steal, and swindle their land. Initially distrustful of each other, fate soon unites the two feminine heroines against the unscrupulous Tyler Jackson (Dwight Yoakam), ultimately prevailing in this swashbuckling action comedy. This film is multiculturalism at its funniest; it's a joint French/Mexican/American production starring the Spanish Cruz, the Mexican Hayek, filmed by two Norwegian directors, shot in Mexico.

The movie is over the top all the way. It features bank robbery basic training, pratfalls galore, banjos, ice skates, and even "Matrix-y" type slow-mo action. This is the funniest western since Shanghai Noon, but it didn't have catfights. Veteran comedic comrade Steve Zahn is hilarious as the crime scene expert who joins forces with the bad girl robin hoods. Watching his "seduction "scene with Cruz and Hayek, I concluded that he must be the luckiest man in the history of motion pictures!

These leading ladies complement each other like more traditional action duos. You root for them, knowing they'll triumph in the end. They're a dynamic pair alright, and I'm not just talking about their epic chests! In the end, they ride off into the sunset, their legend only to increase.
April 6, 2011
Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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A somewhat disappointing western adventure, pretty much written for real life friends Cruz and Hayek, who are at least really nice on the eyes. The script, on the other hand, doesn't have much to offer you didn't see a lot funnier in "Maverick", for example. Especially the beginning, when the farm chick and spoiled brat have nothing to do but bitch fight to Mariachi music, is pretty weak. There are a few amusing scenes throughout the second half, especially the bed sequence with Steve Zahn, but then again a lot of logic flaws and pointless stuff. The slow motion part of the showdown is kinda cool but doesn't want to fit into this kind of film at all. Movie fans may at least spot a few references to Sergio Leone, if they consider those stealing or an homage is up to them. But overall, no one who skips this film is missing much.
August 23, 2009
ironclad1609

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Despite the fact that Bandidas is written and produced by Luc Besson, there really is nothing spectacular about this. Well, maybe the fact that BOTH Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are the co-stars.What we have here is a comedic Western. The thing is that it isn't all that funny, but it can be a good time. The story is straightforward and easy to follow, but it isn't all that interesting and it does feel a little choppy at times. The first 10 minutes are pretty lame. It leads one to believe that the whole 90 minutes will be a waste of time. Funny thing is, 15 minutes in, the film takes a sharp turn and becomes better than expected, albeit it isn't award winning.The pacing is pretty quick, even though there isn't a whole lot of shooting going on. It is a pity, since there is the potential for shootouts in this story. I will admit that the slow motion train scene is fantastic.Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz have nice chemistry together. Hayek is OK and Cruz is great in the acting department. This movie is rated PG-13, but this film does have a bunch of sexuality from the 2 leading ladies. Steve Zahn is one lucky guy. Dwight Yoakam is a pretty decent villain and Sam Shepard is a nice addition to the cast.Bandidas isn't a memorable film in anyway, except for the fact that Hayek and Cruz are together in it, but it isn't a waste of a watch.
January 12, 2009
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