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Machete Reviews

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June 29, 2017
Everyone breaks rules in Rodriguez' universe, but his extreme film makes a point about the breakdown of law -- and the moral, ecclesial, and civil consequences on society. The Wild West is back, and what are you going to do about it?
March 11, 2016
Rodriguez and Maniquis seem to think that trashy aesthetics and a couple of meta-jokes render them brilliantly astute and self-aware film-makers, but remain oblivious to the fact that labelling something an homage doesn't necessarily make it any good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2013
Though it starts off well, Machete becomes boring and slow towards the end as Trejo's shtick starts to feel a bit stale. Still, you'll definitely find some entertainment here.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 13, 2013
First and foremost, this is a badass action film, with not only ever-badass Trejo doing ever-badass things, but everyone in the cast gets their badass moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2013
Machete is the coolest revenge-driven, gore-splattered, star-studded Mexploitation flick ever!
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 23, 2012
Basically what we have here is a very silly exploitation film similar to what Rodriguez did with his half of "Grindhouse."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2012
The end result is a disastrous waste of time that is as tedious as it is misguided...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 5, 2011
... 105 minutes of ludicrous fun, but you can see the best parts in the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 14, 2011
At the end there's the humorous promise of sequels, but if Machete is a neat, bloody full-stop on the mainstream Mexploitation genre Rodriguez has done so much to resurrect, it's a fine one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2011
It may be thin but it's fun and for some that will be enough.
April 8, 2011
It's taken 15 years and umpteen billion supporting tough guy roles, but Robert Rodriguez has finally managed to make a major studio film starring Danny Trejo.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 4, 2011
It's a big, messy, gloppy red bucket of fun, but it falls short of the impact of the Grindhouse punch by this much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2011
Yes it's a lot of fun and great to see such an illustrious cast get in on the act of making lowbrow cinema with a smile on their face, shame the cult element remains and only fans of the grindhouse genre will be fully engaged from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 24, 2011
Robert Rodriguez... brings his A game to the Z-grade, revelling in the cheesiness and over-the-top violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2011
The lack of subtlety and discipline is what can make Machete a disreputable pleasure and less than a full success.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 10, 2011
Social commentary, you ask? Quite how can a film centrally preoccupied with Danny Trejo stabbing and shooting people and having sex with lots of women have any sort of pretension to political currency?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2011
Starts out strong but things get a little wonky toward the finale. Sadly, the film is far too married to the faux trailer footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 9, 2011
[Robert] Rodriguez's politics are right on the surface and about as complex as the film's revenge plot, a kind-of populist response to the anti-immigration rhetoric...
December 28, 2010
Turning all known manifestations of the classic western on their heads when not simply decapitating them in droves, Machete detonates the battle around immigration like no Tea Party rally ever could, in this get even bilingual guerrilla warfare satire.
December 2, 2010
While it's riotously entertaining, there's nothing much to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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