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El Mariachi Reviews

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October 8, 2003
Inspiring but misses a few cylinders
| Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 26, 2003
A silly adventure tale that would have failed even with a $200 million budget.
| Original Score: C-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An enormously entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
November 12, 2008
Has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.
Cole Smithey
November 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2007
Juicy, adroit, and likable.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Rodriguez goes for broke with a breakneck pace, swarms of bullets, cinematic tricks, and a tone as playful as it is knowing of genre conventions. The director's light touch is all his own; and this unpretentious offering delivers in all departments.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
September 9, 2002
Arguably the most amazing film made in 1990s.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
R. L. Shaffer
January 16, 2011
Despite its age, El Mariachi holds up remarkably well. The film's low budget (roughly $7,000, allegedly) actually helps build tension in the narrative - like you're watching something that's really happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
Nowhere near as extravagant as its succesors, yet it remains a constant simple pleasure, best enjoyed with a shot of Patron and a cold Corona
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Lazenby
January 1, 2000
more life than 10 summer blockbusters combined
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
June 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 8, 2005
An endlessly inventive and charming zero-budget action movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
July 20, 2004
Brilliant low-budget filmmaking. Better than most action films with ten times the budget.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
August 9, 2003
Has tons more charm than its star-studded, big-budget reprise, Desperado.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 5, 2002
Low-budget filmmaking at its most clever.
| Original Score: 3/5
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