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Desperado Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
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
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
December 5, 2004
An incredibly violent and infinitely entertaining shoot-'em-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
A supreme example of style vs. substance - and style wins!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
July 25, 2003
Slick, funny and exciting, but falls apart in the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Rebecca Murray
April 3, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Brilliantly made, if not especially deep, actioneer with nice cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Christopher Null
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.
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.
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
It's violence as a dance.
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A wonderfully exciting and hypnotic action film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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