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Desperado Reviews

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July 30, 2007
Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 21, 2004
A supreme example of style vs. substance - and style wins!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
July 25, 2003
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
February 2, 2003
Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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
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.
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
October 11, 2001
Enough blood to fill a swimming pool!
| Original Score: 4/5
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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