Desperado Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What happens looks terrific. Now if [Rodriguez] can harness that technical facility to a screenplay that's more story than setup, he might really have something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Bloated and overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
January 27, 2002
If Rodriguez is still stumbling forward, finding his way, at least he's got panache and character. Sometimes, that is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Desperado, which is nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.
| Original Score: 2/4
April 17, 2002
A movie that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 9, 2002
Many characters and situations are repetitive and the film is overlong, and at times even boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 26, 2003
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+
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
There's plenty of action and will keep Banderas fans happy, but somehow lacks the charm of the original.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
On the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Around the halfway or two-thirds mark, the bloody killings become far too redundant, the best supporting characters are gone and Rodriguez rapidly runs out of fresh ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
On the one hand, Rodriguez sticks with what he knows -- screwball action-adventure. On the other hand, he seems to have shot the same movie twice.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
July 25, 2003
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 11, 2001
Enough blood to fill a swimming pool!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 6, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 9, 2007
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