Desperado Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 6, 2008
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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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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
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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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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
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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.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In this movie, words and actions speak equally loudly.
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Bloated and overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B