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Desperado Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves

Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

July 30, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Rodriguez's follow-up is unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

March 13, 2007
Emanuel Levy

A slicker, more expensive version than El Mariach, except that what was promising and charming for $7,000 now looks tiresome and repetitious for $7 million

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

June 20, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Michael Dequina

An incredibly violent and infinitely entertaining shoot-'em-up.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 5, 2004
Brian Mckay

A supreme example of style vs. substance - and style wins!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

February 21, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Desperado has merit as a guilty pleasure, but when the violence and action grow tiresome, the film has nothing to hang its hat on.

| Original Score: C+

September 26, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A zesty action thriller that recycles the best of the B genres and rolls them into a big-budget, pistol-packing extravaganza that in its best moments leaves you breathless with wonder.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 14, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2003
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

I love Rodriguez' style, and his film is always fun. Too bad he didn't bother giving his story and characters more depth.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2002
Dragan Antulov

Many characters and situations are repetitive and the film is overlong, and at times even boring.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

September 9, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine

Banderas oozes sexual charisma and strength, and the supporting cast is strong all around, especially a wily Steve Buscemi as the Mariachi's friend.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2002

A movie that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp

If Rodriguez is still stumbling forward, finding his way, at least he's got panache and character. Sometimes, that is enough.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 27, 2002
Christopher Null

Enough blood to fill a swimming pool!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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
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