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Desperado Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 5, 2004
An incredibly violent and infinitely entertaining shoot-'em-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
A supreme example of style vs. substance - and style wins!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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.
| Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
July 25, 2003
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
I love Rodriguez' style, and his film is always fun. Too bad he didn't bother giving his story and characters more depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 9, 2002
Many characters and situations are repetitive and the film is overlong, and at times even boring.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lael Loewenstein
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Banderas oozes sexual charisma and strength, and the supporting cast is strong all around, especially a wily Steve Buscemi as the Mariachi's friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2002
A movie that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch.
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
January 27, 2002
If Rodriguez is still stumbling forward, finding his way, at least he's got panache and character. Sometimes, that is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 11, 2001
Enough blood to fill a swimming pool!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
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.
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