Critics Consensus

Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.



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A blade-wielding ex-federale hides out as a day laborer when he is double-crossed by a corrupt senator.

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Danny Trejo
as Machete
Robert De Niro
as The Senator
Jessica Alba
as Sartana
Tom Savini
as Osiris Ampanpour
Elise Avellan
as Nurse Lisa
Feliz Sabates
as Doc Felix
Electra Avellan
as Nurse Mona
Marci Madison
as Nurse Fine
Mayra Leal
as Chica (Naked Girl)
Jim Henry
as Guard
Ara Celi
as Reporter
Vic Trevino
as Federale Officer
Tito Larriva
as Culebra Cruzado
Jason Douglas
as Patrolman #1
Doran Ingram
as Von's Minute Man
Brent Smiga
as Sniper's Henchman
Chris Warner
as Hospital Security Guard
Greg Ingram
as Cristos
Hugo Perez
as Driver (Van)
Nina Leon
as Machete's Wife
Cheryl "Chin" Cunningham
as Torrez Henchwoman
Nimród Antal
as Booth's Bodyguard #1
Al Dias
as Bodyguard #2
Dimitrius Pulido
as Bodyguard #3
Scott Jefferies
as Bodyguard #4
Edgar Arreola
as Dishwasher #1
Tommy Nix
as Dishwasher #2
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Critic Reviews for Machete

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (37)

  • [A] tongue-in-cheek, knife-in-guts action thriller...

    Nov 29, 2010 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Basically very silly and wastes the time of some talented celebrities (including Lindsay Lohan, as an addled nymphet). But it has its moments.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • All set up and no punchline.

    Nov 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Machete is essentially a fabulously fun cheap-thrill ride of fights, chases, muzzle flash, sexy ladies and over-acting designed to please the genre-loving generation of filmgoers unfortunate enough to have been born after the demise of the drive in.

    Nov 10, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • "Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff."

    Sep 17, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Machete

  • Jan 29, 2014
    Robert Rodriguez turns his mock trailer form Grindhouse, Machete, into an angry, hate filled diatribe against George W. Bush and Tea Party conservatism. While it delivers the gratuitous sex and violence of a '70s style exploitation film, it's not very fun or entertaining. The leftist politics overwhelms everything and are extremely overt; overshadowing any semblance of a story, which is just a bunch of nonsense about a staged political assassination and border militias. Featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro, the casting is quite impressive; but the performances are weak and the characters are one-dimensional. Poorly made tripe, Machete is complete garbage.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Machete poses an interesting problem for me as an amateur reviewer. Firstly, it's supposed to be a regen. Grindhouse Exploitation film, yet it's stocked with legendary actors like Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez and special effects genius/actor Tom Savini all of whom I'm very fond, as well as more mainstream stars Robert De Niro (The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Awakenings, Jackie Brown, Analyze This, Analyze That, Hide and Seek, Limitless), Jessica Alba (Dark Angel, Sin City, Fantastic 4 and Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Eye, The Killer Inside Me), Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls, I Know Who Killed Me, Chapter 27) Jeff Fahey (Psycho III, The Lawnmower Man, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Lost), Cheech Marin (Cars [and its upcoming sequel], From Dusk till Dawn, The Lion King), and Steven Seagal (Driven to Kill, Against the Dark, Kill Switch, Urban Justice, Shadow Man, Half Past Dead, The Patriot). Secondly, the film tries desperately hard to be a "cult classic" film. Usually I feel that anyone who deliberately designs their film in hope of gaining a cult following doesn't deserve one, it's films like Donnie Darko and Revolver that earn this right by the merits of the writer and director, not cheap tricks. Yet Machete kinda succeeded in winning me over, despite my view on cult films. Thirdly, the faux trailer that the film is based on, looks like it could have been a better film, and yet there's not really any difference between the two. Fourthly, I enjoy metaphor and social/political commentary in my films, but it's American, so there's not really any room for subtleties, which annoys me. And finally, I find myself in quite the rut. Originally I watched Machete at the Dendy cinema in Civic, and thought it was one of the best things to ever happen to me, naturally, I bought the film as soon as it was available, but it's taken me a while to get around to rewatching the DVD. I did so last night, where I found myself completely untaken by the magic I'd been gripped by first time around. It's the sort of film that is insanely better in theatres, but I honestly thought that the rewatch value would be a Hell of a lot higher than this. Machete is a wholly entertaining film, but I found myself completely unmoved by comparison after watching it a second time, and unfortunately this is the asset I most highly prize in a film. A great one to introduce to people, and maybe to have going on at an intoxicant-fuelled party, but I was unpleasantly surprised by the exposition-heavy dialogue and rhythmless silliness that I'd missed the first time around. The film ends with promises for sequels, which I look forward to, the characters are already set, so maybe director Rodriguez can hammer home the loveable moments of Machete than unfortunately get lost in a haze of mediocrity after the initial shock-value wears off. 62% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2013
    No way. The feature film does not live up to the trailer, which was originally planned as, indeed, a <b>trailer</b> based on the material Rodriguez had in the 90s. It is good to see Rodriguez has improved his camp quality and sticks to Mexican territory; however, his Grindhouse attributes have proved themselves to be unworthy of the exploitative trash cinema of the 70s. What happened to the extraordinary opening sequence? It sold everything that we had been promised in less than 10 MINUTES, just to fall to mainstream standards afterwards and making the stylish "badassery" and the cheesy one-liners to feel forced and occasionally ludicrous, including the trailer scenes, which seemed random (example: Why would the Padre get the "God has mercy, I don't" badass line if he would receive no coherent screen time and not enough scenes with him in killing action?). There were possibilities of gore beyond belief, substantial amounts of dark humor and even some lesbianism/nunsploitation deviations, but no! As long as we stay within Hollywood standards, the Grindhouse Box of Pandora will not be fully opened again. <i>Machete</i> (the film) is much less than the sum of its parts: the trailer scenes and vibe, the damaged film look (where did that go??), the full-star cast willing to offer an over-the-top film, and the "Rated X" warning, which surely isn't. "Over-the-top?" Please... This barely reaches the top. Will there be a worthy revival of such misunderstood cinema branch? I have already lost hope in the sequels. If you're gonna make exploitation camp, you better make it good. 57/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2012
    [img][/img] Robert Rodriguez showed a lot of enthusiasm when trying to distance Machete from Planet Terror and produce an independently spirited, action packed thrill ride, as opposed to adressing it entirely as a commercially industrial spin-off of the hugely misjudged flop "Grindhouse". I never really believed that until after I saw the film because it's absolutely stuffed with eye popping spectacle and interesting characters that I felt Planet Terror ever so slightly lacked. Both films are very similar in tone and carry a knowingly badly produced personality but Machete is superior as a messy action film rather than a pop culture clash of Grindhouse conventions. Danny Trejo is a charismatic, engrossing screen presence in the title role, but who would really expect him not to be? This film was literally made for him and him alone according to Rodriguez, and his action set piece direction combined with Trejo's under rated performance is a combination of talent that makes for a violent, fast paced, likable thriller that surprisingly surpasses it's predecessor. Easily out of the entire Grindhouse project I still think that Hobo With A Shotgun is the most realistic and artistic and easily the high benchmark. Machete overall isn't perfect for plot, but it tilts itself towards political subject matter slightly and takes itself both comedically and seriously enough to make it stand out as a ruthlessly entertaining action comedy.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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