Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.
  2. Juicy, adroit, and likable.
  3. 78
    While the story may be a common one (for the action genre, at least), Rodriguez, who wrote, produced, shot and edited the entire film himself, has a uniquely straightforward wit that makes what might otherwise have been just another shoot-'em-up something more than that.
  4. 75
    Enormously entertaining.
  5. 75
    A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. This is clear evidence that film quality often has little to do with a production's budget.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The unrelenting tempo is bolstered by Rodriguez's camera work and editing: nearly every frame seems to have been shot with a careening, handheld camera, and they're cut together in a skillful, fluid fashion that enhances the tension and pace of the 80-minute chase.
  7. Mythic pulp has its allure, and it also has its limitations. El Mariachi displays no real emotion except a profound appreciation for the genre film making that has inspired it, and a delight in manipulating the elements of such stories.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Spanish lingo crime meller has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and south-of-the-border noir.
  9. 67
    Rodriguez makes the same mistake as other first-time auteurs: The world of this movie exists only in relation to other movies, particularly the Sergio Leone-Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns of the early '60s.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 16, 2014
    Even on such a low budget, this is the best in the Mexico-trilogy films. Well paced from the opening title to the to be continued promise, every scene has a humorous note. An original script with a good amount of shoot outs, this film obviously doesn't take itself too seriously, but manages to keep the momentum till the end. Full Review »
  2. May 16, 2014
    For me, the biggest reveal in El Mariachi is that it was made by an American on an impossibly low budget. I thought this movie was a cheesy Mexican film made in the 1980s until I listened to the extra commentary. This kind of movie should appeal to movie buffs and academics. Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2014
    El Mariachi divertido, com personagens c├┤micos e super engra├žado............................................................................................... Full Review »