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Machete Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
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
Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
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
Scott Henderson
The Vine
November 8, 2010
The exposition-heavy dialogue and barrage of one-liners all fall terribly flat and what should be a fun romp feels more like a cinematic chore
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 3, 2010
Machete is almost completely devoid of any entertainment value. It's trying to be a spoof of low-budget action movies, except it keeps forgetting to poke fun and becomes that which it mocked.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Hall
September 2, 2010
It's disappointing that a film with this many decapitations and naked Lindsay Lohans can be so boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 3, 2010
Rodriguez plans "Machete" sequels. Here's hoping the next is sharper and cuts closer to the bone.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 2, 2010
At 105 minutes, Machete is at least half an hour too long for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Starkey
Premiere Magazine
September 2, 2010
Machete runs out of steam pretty early.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 9, 2010
Alas, not even Lindsay Lohan -- doing a cartoonish riff on her tabloid persona (is this even possible?) -- can bring this rotten egg to a boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 2, 2010
The whole thing is monumentally gruesome and just as monumentally cynical, a riot of grisly clichés designed to titillate and amuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
September 5, 2010
The filmmaker, having spent his career making various iterations of the same nonsense, has lost his verve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Limara Salt
November 29, 2010
Yet another missed opportunity from Rodriguez who relies on hammy performances from acting legends instead of adequately attempting to recreate the genre he claims to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
November 20, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 31, 2010
Because there's no real character drama or consistent critique grounding the spoof, when Machete isn't laugh-out-loud funny, it's deadly boring.
Craig Mathieson
November 10, 2010
A dreadful effort, a loud and self-satisfied movie that is brazenly short-sighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 29, 2010
Robert Rodriguez loves exploitation cinema but his homages to the disreputable genre are defined by italicized self-consciousness that leaves his humor without any room to breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 4, 2010
Don't get me wrong, there are moments, but Rodriguez found a way to make extreme violence boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Victoria Alexander
September 1, 2010
Silly bloodbath without a soul. De Niro plays Senator Focker and Lohan is ridiculous. She needs an acting coach or a strong director.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
November 8, 2010
While it's well made and Danny Trejo is an amazing presence on screen, the sustained over-the-top violence becomes tiresome.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 10, 2010
There is excess galore and plenty of gore as well, there's tongue in cheek, a completely original use of entrails but somewhere towards the end it just became a bit too silly for me.
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