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El Mariachi Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer

Despite its age, El Mariachi holds up remarkably well. The film's low budget (roughly $7,000, allegedly) actually helps build tension in the narrative - like you're watching something that's really happening.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 8/10

January 16, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 12, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The unrelenting tempo is bolstered by Rodriguez's camera work and editing: nearly every frame seems to have been shot with a careening, handheld camera, and they're cut together in a skillful, fluid fashion that enhances the tension and pace.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Juicy, adroit, and likable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 13, 2007
Emanuel Levy

No festival is true to its name if it doesn't display at least one discovery. In 1992 that spot was occupied by Robert Rodriguez, who made a charming actioner for $7,500; never mind that Columbia later invested $1 million for its theatrical release.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 4/5

June 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An endlessly inventive and charming zero-budget action movie.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 8, 2005
Widgett Walls

Brilliant low-budget filmmaking. Better than most action films with ten times the budget.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 20, 2004
Brian Mckay

Nowhere near as extravagant as its succesors, yet it remains a constant simple pleasure, best enjoyed with a shot of Patron and a cold Corona

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2004

Inspiring but misses a few cylinders

| Original Score: 2/5

October 8, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

A silly adventure tale that would have failed even with a $200 million budget.

| Original Score: C-

September 26, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Has tons more charm than its star-studded, big-budget reprise, Desperado.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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It goes without saying that Mr. Rodriguez, having made such a clever and inventive debut, is prepared for a big future of his own.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Dragan Antulov

Arguably the most amazing film made in 1990s.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

September 9, 2002
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Low-budget filmmaking at its most clever.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2002
Stephen Farber

Not exactly a monumental contribution to cinematic art, but it's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An enormously entertaining movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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Watching his film, you can feel the sheer joy that went into its creation.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

While the story may be a common one, Rodriguez, who wrote, produced, shot and edited the entire film himself, has a uniquely straightforward wit that makes what might otherwise have been just another shoot-'em-up something more than that.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The energy that propels the action and the style and humor of the film and its players makes El Mariachi an entertaining ride.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
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