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  • Summary: Antonio Banderas stars as the Mariachi without a name in this much anticipated follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 1992 hit, El Mariachi. This time the Mariachi (Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican druglords, Bucho (De Almeida), showdown. (Sony) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Take nothing seriously - not the action, not the gore, not the plot, not the theme. Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year.
  2. The commercial transition has been remarkably successful. This is primarily thanks to Rodriguez, who not only retains the original movie's kinetic flair, but takes it further.
  3. The camera loves Banderas -- a velvet stud -- as much as it did the young Clint Eastwood.
  4. 50
    What fun there is derives from the smart editing (Rodriguez did his own cutting, and he's quicker on the draw than most of the pistol-packers) and from Antonio Banderas, who, stepping neatly into the Mariachi's boots, lends irony and calm, and even a trace of sweetness, to a nothing role.
  5. Mostly just another exercise in snappy editing and over-the-top mayhem that will leave most grown-up movie- goers cold.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.
  7. A weakly comic splatter movie oversupplied with jokey, cartoonish violence.

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
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  1. nadirh.
    Oct 17, 2005
    10
    This movie is created such controlable ora that it is almost to unstable to conrol (way to powerful & creative).
  2. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    Desperado is a very stylized action ride from director Robert Rodriguez. The acting is great from. Hayek and Banderas. They make the perfect on screen couple. Tarantino has a nice cameo as a guy who enters a bar and tells a joke. Steve Buscemi also gives a nice role as Banderas's friend. Desperado is an action classic and it is Banderas's best movie. His second best movie is The Mask Of Zorro. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    One of the best action movies of 1995.
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  4. Sep 3, 2014
    10
    Desperado has an engrossing storyline, well directed action and a cool cast.
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  5. JamesM
    Dec 7, 2005
    8
    A fun film with crazy action scenes and bucketloads of blood.
  6. RD.
    Apr 4, 2007
    6
    Hialrious. THe gunfight in the bar and the climactic fight are best. Other than that it si not much. But is very enjoyable.
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Typical cliche revenge flick, the film has its good moments but the whole film just falls flat at the end, the climax is just stupid, El mariachi simply pulls out his sleeve guns and kills the main bad guy after they have a conversation and then it just ends and he is with his girlfriend heading off somewhere into the sunset not revealing what happened in the rest of the gunfight where at least 10 bad guys are pointing a gun at him. What i enjoyed most were the scenes with Tarantino and steve buscemi who are the best actors in the film by far and there scenes were memorable and funny but they get very little screen time which is a shame. The story is weak very weak and the main character is uninteresting, the gunfight scenes are not that creative. The film goes completely insane at the end when one has a rocket launcher guitar case which is just stupid, i know im suppose to laugh at that but i just dident. The film is just not enjoyable to watch and gets a bit repetitive and boring. It starts well the first 30 minutes are pretty good but the rest is just a mess. If you like westerns and action then give it a watch its not all bad. This film just about avoids negative on the fact it has some good scenes and some good actors are in it, also i like the soundtrack but all the songs sound the same. Expand

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