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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 MexicanAntonio 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: 8 out of 13
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  1. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    " Crazy.......fun Sexy , Great Effects". Robert Rodriguez is gotta be number one director , writer , editor in the history of film making" Crazy.......fun Sexy , Great Effects". Robert Rodriguez is gotta be number one director , writer , editor in the history of film making (same with Tarentino). Starring Antonio Banderas plays a new version of El Marachi i have to say he is pretty good at also working with Salma Hayek. Rodriguez's films are over ratted but there one hell or a ride , his films have impressed me and he is the king of adventure , comedy , violence ( i wonder if he made GTA ?) ....... nah. all of this explosions in film with the guitar cases with the stunts its pretty epic. Its one Director Robert Rodriguez's best. Grade A+ Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    10
    This movie is amazing, the acting, the guns, the action; it's all there. Simple storyline, the main character kicks ass. This is a bit of aThis movie is amazing, the acting, the guns, the action; it's all there. Simple storyline, the main character kicks ass. This is a bit of a hollywood cliché I guess, but it's still a very enjoyable film. Expand
  3. nadirh.
    Oct 17, 2005
    10
    This movie is created such controlable ora that it is almost to unstable to conrol (way to powerful & creative).
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    7
    It doesn't come close to El Miriachi, but the sequel will definetly still be suitable for any action fans of the first.
  5. 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.
  6. May 16, 2014
    5
    Desperado, by Quentin Tarantino, is a stylized revenge flick and homage to to the so-bad-its-good El Mariachi movie. It should be easier toDesperado, by Quentin Tarantino, is a stylized revenge flick and homage to to the so-bad-its-good El Mariachi movie. It should be easier to appreciate what Tarantino is trying to do in Desperado if you watch El Mariachi before. Expand
  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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