Desperado

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The mysterious, guitar toting "El Mariachi" walks the streets again to avenge the death of his beloved girl friend in this bloody actioner. The tale opens in a seedy cantina where a flustered American bursts in and tells how he just saw a stranger come in and kill everyone in a neighboring bar. He then tells them that the stranger was looking for a man named Bucho and he is heading for their bar. Suddenly, El Mariachi appears looking for Bucho, who uses the bar as a front for his narcotics smuggling ring. An enormous gunfight erupts. Still Mariachi does not catch the elusive drug dealer who must spend the rest of the film in hot pursuit while simultaneously dodging the bullets of Bucho's henchmen.

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  • 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.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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.

    Aug 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 12, 2001
  • Desperado, which is nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Desperado

  • Feb 18, 2016
    A shoot-em-up (and there's a lot of shooting) with attitude (likewise). Now some might confuse attitude with style, but shooting a gun while pumping your fists like one was throwing punches (unnecessary, duh) is not style. And Antonio Banderas practically does Zoolander's "I'm sooo hot" pout through the whole movie embarrassingly. Luckily Salma Hayek's youth and extravagant DNA save the efforts from total unwatchable-ness. Well that and watching Quentin Tarantino get his head blown clean off.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2013
    Robert Rodriguez continues his Mariachi series with Desperado, an adrenaline-packed action film. The story follows a mariachi turned assassin who's seeking revenge for the death of his lover. The plot is rather weak and the characters aren't fleshed out. Still, Rodriguez does an impressive job directing, and makes the action sequences especially exciting and dynamic. Antonio Banderas steps into the role of Mariachi this time, and is joined by Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, and Cheech Marin; who all give good performances. Banderas and Hayek in particular have a lot of charisma, and play well off of each other. While Desperado has some weak points, it's an entertaining popcorn film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    Really entertaining, and a great continuation of the storyline for El Mariacihi's storyline. I'm not usually a fan of Banderas, but he's really great here, and I'm surpirsed to say it, but it's hard to imagine anyone else in this role. Salma Hayek is really good here too...she's not just there as the eye candy (although she definitely serves that purpose as well, she plays a pretty cool character). Anyway, check this out...it's a really entertaining film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    it's fairly good, but it's way violent then the 1st, and it acts like the first and won't move on. B
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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