Desperado Reviews

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September 11, 2020
Brimming with innovative and whimsical gunplay and action arrangements, built up through fitting music, sharp camerawork, and a unique, semi-Spaghetti Western setting.
August 27, 2020
"Desperado is filled with an undeniable enthusiasm that makes its faults easier to ignore."
May 8, 2020
A direct sequel to 1992's El Mariachi...
April 10, 2020
There is a cool factor of it all filling every corner, crease, and crack with many traits that are downright sexy.
August 28, 2018
Rodriguez edited the film himself, and his shot rhythms get better as the film goes along. His writing may fail him from time to time, but all is right again when he lets cinema do the talking.
June 8, 2018
Although expensive and shiny-looking, the movie is irritatingly fragmented into bite-size, or MTV- size, segments.
September 7, 2011
July 30, 2007
Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.
March 13, 2007
Rodriguez's follow-up is unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films.
June 20, 2006
A slicker, more expensive version than El Mariach, except that what was promising and charming for $7,000 now looks tiresome and repetitious for $7 million
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.
December 5, 2004
An incredibly violent and infinitely entertaining shoot-'em-up.
February 21, 2004
A supreme example of style vs. substance - and style wins!
January 12, 2004
September 26, 2003
Desperado has merit as a guilty pleasure, but when the violence and action grow tiresome, the film has nothing to hang its hat on.
July 25, 2003
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
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.
May 14, 2003
A zesty action thriller that recycles the best of the B genres and rolls them into a big-budget, pistol-packing extravaganza that in its best moments leaves you breathless with wonder.
April 3, 2003
February 2, 2003
Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.
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