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Desperado Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | 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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 5, 2004
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | 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
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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
ToxicUniverse.com

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

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 27, 2002
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Enough blood to fill a swimming pool!

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | 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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