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Machete Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
November 29, 2010
This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 17, 2010
"Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 7, 2010
The movie is ham-handed, repetitive, and rhythm-less -- a mess that's uglier than its hero and nowhere near as likable.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 6, 2010
I have nothing against films that take political stances, but an exploitation flick? It's off-putting. I'd prefer to sit back and bask in the carnage and R-rated silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 3, 2010
It's basically a one-joke exercise heading toward the inevitable big battle between vigilantes and Mexicans. There's lots of gore, flesh and fun along the way, but it gets repetitious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 3, 2010
Sorry, mis amigos, wrong decades. The modern B-movie would seem to be devoted to self-conscious fun. More laughs, but fewer real chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 3, 2010
The pace is swift, the tone playful, the screenplay peppered with one-liners.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 3, 2010
It's a movie that just wants to have fun. To a large degree, it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 3, 2010
[It] may be a weird combo of speechy and pulpy but it's also what another all-star bloodbath, The Expendables, should have been -- self-aware, flashy and fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 3, 2010
Machete makes no apologies for its absurdities or silliness, making it an over-the-top thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
September 2, 2010
Brimming with infectious energy -- a well-made movie in the style of poorly made movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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September 2, 2010
Machete works because at no time does it ever ask the audience to take any of this too seriously, yet the nudges and winks are never so forceful that it feels like it's begging for your laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 2, 2010
Rodriguez combines sharp satire and timely political commentary with a decidedly B-movie ethos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Preston Jones
Dallas Morning News
September 2, 2010
A loud, giddy, carnal blast from one of cinema's most relentless schlock auteurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 2, 2010
There's a fine line between clever and stupid, as the Spinal Tap lads reminded us, and Machete grinds that line on a razor's edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 2, 2010
Now we have a full-length Machete movie, and it turns out that, as usual, less is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 2, 2010
It's absurd, absolutely insane and a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 2, 2010
It's hard to think of another film this summer that offers such sheer anarchic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
September 2, 2010
"Machete" is gratuitously smutty, sadistically violent, politically aware and somehow also politically incorrect. Put more succinctly, it is awesome, and delivers every goofy gory guilty pleasure "The Expendables" was supposed to but did not.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 2, 2010
The movie's an unexpected end-of-summer tonic: a trash guilty pleasure with a healthy (if really violent) sense of outrage. It's also Rodriguez's freest movie yet, and possibly his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 2, 2010
It's often stylish and exciting, but the pile-up of cool kills, hot bodies, and other unprocessed bits of juvenilia doesn't add up to a good time.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 2, 2010
This unholy mess replaces the artful ambition of The American with torture, blood spray, kinky sex, twisted fun and a bizarro critique of U.S. policy on illegal immigration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 2, 2010
When Machete yields a weed-whacker as a weapon, there is a subtle beauty to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 2, 2010
See Machete for Trejo, who barely cracks a smile, or even an emotion, but makes grade-Z stoic invincibility cool again.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2010
It's a Hispanic American version of a blaxploitation film of the Super Fly school, with bloody action, titillating nudity and a catch-phrase riddled script.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 1, 2010
Trejo brings both playfulness and gravitas to the archly juvenile proceedings, even as codirector-cowriter Rodriguez treats him like a cutaway sight gag...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Germain
Associated Press
September 1, 2010
The good news for fans: there isn't all that much downtime between the relentless action, which, after all, is what that fake Machete trailer promised, and what the audience has come for.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 1, 2010
Robert Rodriguez returns to the grindhouse with this entertainingly over-the-top, ultraviolent exploitationer.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
September 1, 2010
Wildly uneven as it doggedly strives (sometimes with obvious strain) to sustain a free-wheeling, anything-goes air of exuberant junkiness.
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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.