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Machete Reviews

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Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

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.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2014
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

November 9, 2013
Michael Dequina

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2013
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 15, 2013
Jeff Beck

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

May 23, 2012
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: B-

November 5, 2011
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

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.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2011
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

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

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

June 29, 2011
Joshua Starnes

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

April 8, 2011
Dave White

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2011
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK

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.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

April 2, 2011
Matt Neal
The Standard

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

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2011
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C+

March 9, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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?

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

February 10, 2011
R. L. Shaffer

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 7/10

January 16, 2011
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

[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...

Full Review Source: Parallax View

January 9, 2011
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

December 28, 2010
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 2, 2010
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2010
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