Desperado (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Desperado (1995)



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Movie Info

The mysterious, guitar toting "El Mariachi" walks the streets again to avenge the death of his beloved girl friend in this bloody actioner. The tale opens in a seedy cantina where a flustered American bursts in and tells how he just saw a stranger come in and kill everyone in a neighboring bar. He then tells them that the stranger was looking for a man named Bucho and he is heading for their bar. Suddenly, El Mariachi appears looking for Bucho, who uses the bar as a front for his narcotics smuggling ring. An enormous gunfight erupts. Still Mariachi does not catch the elusive drug dealer who must spend the rest of the film in hot pursuit while simultaneously dodging the bullets of Bucho's henchmen.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rodriguez
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 25, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Antonio Banderas
as El Mariachi
Salma Hayek
as Carolina
Cheech Marin
as Bartender
Carlos Gomez
as Right Hand
Danny Trejo
as Navajas
Angela Lanza
as Tourist Girl
as Cristos
Richie Gaona
as Case Opener
Mark Dalton
as Fighting Barfly
Tommy Nix
as Fighting Barfly
Elizabeth Rodriguez
as Mariachi Fan
Quentin Tarantino
as Pick-up Guy
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Critic Reviews for Desperado

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

Rodriguez's second feature may be a rambling, derivative exercise in gratuitous violence, but its determination to proceed as if the word 'restraint' never existed makes for gleeful entertainment.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Rodriguez may be good enough to make a film about anything, but Desperado would collapse if its characters had to do anything but play with guns.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

What Rodriguez has essentially done in Desperado is make a slicker, more expensive copy of what came before. And what looked promising for $7,000 looks tiresome for a whole lot more.

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Desperado, which is nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Desperado



Super Reviewer

A shoot-em-up (and there's a lot of shooting) with attitude (likewise). Now some might confuse attitude with style, but shooting a gun while pumping your fists like one was throwing punches (unnecessary, duh) is not style. And Antonio Banderas practically does Zoolander's "I'm sooo hot" pout through the whole movie embarrassingly. Luckily Salma Hayek's youth and extravagant DNA save the efforts from total unwatchable-ness. Well that and watching Quentin Tarantino get his head blown clean off.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a very wild, cool, and stylish film, even if it ends up being style over substance and story (with a messy and scattershot narrative to boot).

In a way, this is more of a remake than a loose sequel or spin off. The original mariachi from El Mariachi does make an appearance, but this film is essentially the same story as the first, but with a different guy who knows the first guy. Make sense? Well, if not, don't worry. It's of no real consequence anyway.

The action and stunts are inventive, done well, and a joy to watch. Buscemi and Tarantino ham it up in some fun supporting roles, and both Banderas and Hayek (especially Hayek, *wink* *wink*) are great to watch. I have a big attachment to this movie as I saw it at a young age and it introduced me to Rodriguez's work. It also kinda made me wanna make action movies, too.

Like I said, it's got some flaws, but for solid action spectacle entertainment, this is a good film to turn to.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Desperado Quotes

El Mariachi: But I told you already. I'm a musician. This is my guitar.
– Submitted by Bryan O (2 years ago)
El Mariachi: Carolina, did I thank you?
Carolina: No.
El Mariachi: I will.
– Submitted by Nick S (4 years ago)
Buscemi: So, I'm sitting there, and in walks the biggest Mexican I have ever seen.
– Submitted by Sam B (4 years ago)
Pick-up Guy: Is that goin' on right now?
– Submitted by Alfonso E. V (4 years ago)

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