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Machete (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 130 | Rotten: 51

Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 8

Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.

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Robert Rodriguez brings a new breed of antihero to the big screen in this hyper-violent adaptation of the "fake" trailer originally featured in the 2007 double-feature exploitation throwback Grindhouse. Machete (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who plays by his own rules, and doesn't answer to anybody. In the wake of a harrowing encounter with feared drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal), Machete finds himself in Texas, where the shadowy Booth (Jeff Fahey) offers him the opportunity to make

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All Critics (181) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (51) | DVD (8)

This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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"Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff."

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (3)
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The movie is ham-handed, repetitive, and rhythm-less -- a mess that's uglier than its hero and nowhere near as likable.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (8)
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I have nothing against films that take political stances, but an exploitation flick? It's off-putting. I'd prefer to sit back and bask in the carnage and R-rated silliness.

September 6, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Rodriguez plans "Machete" sequels. Here's hoping the next is sharper and cuts closer to the bone.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (4)
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It's basically a one-joke exercise heading toward the inevitable big battle between vigilantes and Mexicans. There's lots of gore, flesh and fun along the way, but it gets repetitious.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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Machete is enjoyable to a point, but the novelty soon wears off and there isn't enough inspiration to sustain the concept for a full-length feature film.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Though it starts off well, Machete becomes boring and slow towards the end as Trejo's shtick starts to feel a bit stale. Still, you'll definitely find some entertainment here.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

First and foremost, this is a badass action film, with not only ever-badass Trejo doing ever-badass things, but everyone in the cast gets their badass moment.

October 13, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Machete is the coolest revenge-driven, gore-splattered, star-studded Mexploitation flick ever!

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Basically what we have here is a very silly exploitation film similar to what Rodriguez did with his half of "Grindhouse."

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The end result is a disastrous waste of time that is as tedious as it is misguided...

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

... 105 minutes of ludicrous fun, but you can see the best parts in the trailer.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

At the end there's the humorous promise of sequels, but if Machete is a neat, bloody full-stop on the mainstream Mexploitation genre Rodriguez has done so much to resurrect, it's a fine one.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It may be thin but it's fun and for some that will be enough.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

It's taken 15 years and umpteen billion supporting tough guy roles, but Robert Rodriguez has finally managed to make a major studio film starring Danny Trejo.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

It's a big, messy, gloppy red bucket of fun, but it falls short of the impact of the Grindhouse punch by this much.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Yes it's a lot of fun and great to see such an illustrious cast get in on the act of making lowbrow cinema with a smile on their face, shame the cult element remains and only fans of the grindhouse genre will be fully engaged from start to finish.

April 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Robert Rodriguez... brings his A game to the Z-grade, revelling in the cheesiness and over-the-top violence.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

The lack of subtlety and discipline is what can make Machete a disreputable pleasure and less than a full success.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Social commentary, you ask? Quite how can a film centrally preoccupied with Danny Trejo stabbing and shooting people and having sex with lots of women have any sort of pretension to political currency?

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Starts out strong but things get a little wonky toward the finale. Sadly, the film is far too married to the faux trailer footage.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

[Robert] Rodriguez's politics are right on the surface and about as complex as the film's revenge plot, a kind-of populist response to the anti-immigration rhetoric...

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View | Comment (1)
Parallax View

Turning all known manifestations of the classic western on their heads when not simply decapitating them in droves, Machete detonates the battle around immigration like no Tea Party rally ever could, in this get even bilingual guerrilla warfare satire.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

While it's riotously entertaining, there's nothing much to it.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Un entretenimiento crudo, básico, con personajes de una sola pieza, algunos diálogos increíbles y generosas dosis de sangre y desmembramientos. Un homenaje de Robert Rodríguez al cine clase B que tanto le gusta.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Comments (2)
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for Machete

Simply. Hillarious.
February 14, 2014
mrgd291190

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Machete pretty much fails in most regards director Rodriguez triumphed in such Grindhouse and pulp masterpieces like Planet Terror or From Dusk Till Dawn. The difference seems to be the writing. While Quention Tarantino gave him great lines to work with in the other films, there are little redeeming qualities in the dialogs or plot here. It's not even particularly funny, even though it wants to be. While Rodriguez has a cast to dream of, almost everyone feels underused and underchallenged with their roles. Even Lindsay Lohan's boobs and Jessica Alba's ass don't make up for that. Of course you can't blame the film for being trashy when that is exactly what it wants to be, but it's just simply never as much fun as it could have been. I've had to endure a cut version, mind you, but even additional blood and splatter would not have changed much. A rather hollow attempt and quite disappointing.
February 4, 2013
ironclad1609

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In 1997, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released their Grindhouse double bill which consisted of "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror" respectively. They also included a series of trailers beforehand. Of course, these trailers were fictional works but there at least two, so far, that have been made into feature films and director's Eli Roth and Edgar Wright have expressed interest in adapting their trailers in the future also. One that has already reached the screens is Jason Eisener's "Hobo With A Shotgun" and the other is this unashamed, violent gore-fest from Rodriguez.
Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who is set-up by his corrupt bosses, resulting in the death of his wife and child. He manages to escape death himself and heads over the border to the United States, vowing revenge on those that wronged him. Not before long though, Machete is involved in a failed assassination attempt on US senator John McLaughlin (Robert DeNiro) and again finds himself on the run. It would seem that both betrayals are linked and Machete will stop at nothing to get to those involved.
With a highly stylistic and candid Grindhouse opening that's nothing less than impressive, it's apparent very early on what you're letting yourself in for here. This is not a film that will demand very much from you, other than checking your brain at border control beforehand. I'm surprised that I actually went with this, as I often find Rodriguez's stuff to be very self-indulgent. This happens to be more of the same and shares Rodriguez's propensity for some preposterous action scenes. That being said though, it's still quite a lot of fun. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is and benefits from a great cast of deliciously nasty characters, spouting some choice moments of dialogue. A bit like Tarantino, Rodriguez seems to be able to command a plethora of acting talents and again like Tarantino, gives familiar actors - that have fallen on harder times - another shot onscreen. In this case, Don Johnson, Jeff Fahey and (amazingly) Steven Seagal get interesting characters to play. It's also fun to see Danny Trejo in a rare leading role and the underrated - but fast rising - Shea Wigham also makes a welcome appearance. The biggest disappointed (as it often is these days) is a criminally underused DeNiro. All in all though, it's the cast that play a big part in the enjoyment of this cliche ridden homage to 70's exploitation flicks where it also can't resist throwing in a satirical commentary on US immigration policy. Rodriguez's style is, without doubt, an acquired taste and one that I admittedly don't always have but if you're a fan of his films then this should go down nicely.
Not a lot can be said about a film that is ultimately about showcasing the many different ways a person can perish at the mercy of a machete. You can either accept the premise and run with it or you can avoid it completely. Either decision would be entirely understandable, as this is a film that will only work on a complete suspension of disbelief.
October 25, 2012
MrMarakai

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    1. Sartana: I thought Machete don't text.
    2. Machete: Machete improvises.
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
    1. Machete: Are you Shé?
    2. Luz: If I were Shé, do you think I'd be operating a taco truck? Shé brings hope. Shé rights the wrongs. Unfortunately, Shé is a myth.
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
    1. Sartana: Yes, I am a woman of the law. And there are lots of laws. But if they don't offer us justice, then they aren't laws! They are just lines drawn in the sand by men who would stand on your back for power and glory.
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
    1. Machete: Get dressed.
    2. Chica (Naked Girl): It's too hot for clothes.
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
    1. Padre: God has mercy. I don't!
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
    1. Von: There's nothing I'd like more than to see that Mexican dance the Bolero at the end of a rope.
    – Submitted by Adam O (11 months ago)
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