Desperado - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Desperado Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Bloated and overlong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
What happens looks terrific. Now if [Rodriguez] can harness that technical facility to a screenplay that's more story than setup, he might really have something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
It's big, it's daft, but Desperado is confident and hugely entertaining filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
In this movie, words and actions speak equally loudly.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
On the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It's violence as a dance.
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
A wonderfully exciting and hypnotic action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
There's plenty of action and will keep Banderas fans happy, but somehow lacks the charm of the original.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A bust-a-gut film experience that reveals Rodriguez as both a stylist versed in the mechanics of popular storytelling and a maverick whose ingenuity guides him along a singular path.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Around the halfway or two-thirds mark, the bloody killings become far too redundant, the best supporting characters are gone and Rodriguez rapidly runs out of fresh ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Desperado, which is nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
As movies go, Desperado is a great big assault weapon with the trigger squeezed hard. It's effective, but it crosses a line -- there's only so much of the same old rat-a-tat-a-tat that you can really take.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
On the one hand, Rodriguez sticks with what he knows -- screwball action-adventure. On the other hand, he seems to have shot the same movie twice.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
There's nothing like going into a movie with high expectations and coming out in awe....What (Rodriguez) can do with $7 million would make big-budget action directors cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 12, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
April 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Entertainment Weekly
August 25, 1995
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 6, 2008
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