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Machete Kills Reviews

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 15, 2013
Machete Kills is a film in which style sardonically routs substance, a cloying gag built around the iconic quality of Trejo's matchlessly craggy face, which resembles a plate of sundried corned beef.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 11, 2013
Machete Kills plays like a joke that's been told a few times too often.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 11, 2013
When a celebrity chef like Rodriguez is just going through the motions, we can smell that the grindhouse fad is way past its expiration date. It's time to put a fork in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 11, 2013
"Machete Kills" is barely a movie. It's an inside joke wrapped in a fanboy fantasy, pieced together through a haze of ironic detachment.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 11, 2013
Endless assault weapons, exploding helicopters, crashing cars and floors splattered with blood, limbs and entrails, all adding up to nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
October 11, 2013
Machete kills, sure. Unfortunately, he overkills.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 10, 2013
Machete Kills dulls more than anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 10, 2013
Until your eyes glaze over after about a half-hour, "Machete Kills" might put a twisted smirk of guilty amusement on your face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 10, 2013
Uses a dull blade to hack away at the same targets that the first film so deftly eviscerated, namely B-movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 10, 2013
"Machete Kills" is exploitation cinema, in the same way that a teen who pays $28 at the mall for a Sex Pistols T-shirt is a punk rocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 10, 2013
Machete Kills is what happens when you stomp - or slash - a good idea to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 10, 2013
It's saved by an enjoyably loopy script, several surprisingly strong performances, and the inventive direction of Robert Rodriguez, whose low-budget creativity is a performance in itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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October 10, 2013
Where the first film reflected its simple roots by not reaching for too much, here it too often feels like Rodriguez is trying too hard to impress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 10, 2013
It's the kind of movie you pause to watch when it's on TV, but after half an hour, you'll click over to something else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
October 10, 2013
A conceptual throwback, to days when Roger Corman and other low-budget mavericks gleefully deemed any crazy idea worth tossing into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 10, 2013
Robert Rodriguez is America's most frustrating filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 10, 2013
"Machete Kills"? "Machete Bores" is more like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
October 10, 2013
"Machete Kills" is just plain bad in a way that is in no way good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
The strongest example yet of the corner [Rodriguez] seems to have painted himself into, a sad funhouse of bad movies made in thrall of bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2013
Even a movie where Sofia Vergara wears a strap-on crotch gun is less crazy than our national conversation about immigration
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 10, 2013
A major disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Josh Modell
AV Club
October 10, 2013
Its tongue is jammed so far in its cheek that it scans, at least in parts, like an Austin Powers movie, albeit one with multiple beheadings and disembowelings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 9, 2013
Rodriguez's only real sin as a filmmaker is that he wants to give you way too much of a crazy ultraviolent good time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 8, 2013
Intestines tangle in helicopter rotors, heads pop in spring-loaded decapitations, and there's even a new fake trailer up top. Little is believable, and that's exactly as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
October 8, 2013
Much as we want to relish the shameless parade of cartoon violence ... the soggy plotting and slack comic timing are downers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
October 6, 2013
Machete may kill, but on the second time around his repetitious, deadpan brand of humor really doesn't so much.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 3, 2013
The sequel Machete Kills opens with a fake trailer for a not-yet-produced third installment, then spends the next 100-plus minutes making a case for plunging a knife into the franchise's heart.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
October 3, 2013
A surprisingly long-lived gag finally runs out of gas in Robert Rodriguez's noticeably duller, less outrageous sequel to 'Machete.'
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William Goss
Film.com
September 23, 2013
All of the silliness would be a bit more fun if it weren't so exhausting.