El mariachi

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. YoonMinC.
    Sep 29, 2003
    7
    Just another shoot-em-up, but the charmer is it was made on a shoestring budget. It's an odd blend of amateurish crudity with professional calculation. In other words, its virtues lie only in counterpoise to the wastefulness of bigbudget action films; indeed, once Rodriguez got the big bucks to make big movies, they were just as stupid so what does it say about this movie? That Just another shoot-em-up, but the charmer is it was made on a shoestring budget. It's an odd blend of amateurish crudity with professional calculation. In other words, its virtues lie only in counterpoise to the wastefulness of bigbudget action films; indeed, once Rodriguez got the big bucks to make big movies, they were just as stupid so what does it say about this movie? That it's more fun to let kids play with matches than with flamethrowers? I guess. Expand
  2. B.J.S.
    Aug 12, 2004
    9
    A wonderfully filmed and edited movie for when it was made. This movie had a good story, unlike its two sequals Desparado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico which were just movies about shooting people and had not artistic elements in the editin and filming at all. This movie did have killing in it but it did not dwell on it but instead on what was happening all around.
  3. B.J.S.
    Aug 12, 2004
    9
    A wonderfully filmed and edited movie for when it was made. This movie had a good story, unlike its two sequals Desparado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico which were just movies about shooting people and had not artistic elements in the editin and filming at all. This movie did have killing in it but it did not dwell on it but instead on what was happening all around.
  4. May 16, 2014
    7
    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.
  5. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    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.
  6. Jan 3, 2014
    7
    El Mariachi divertido, com personagens c├┤micos e super engra├žado...............................................................................................
  7. Mar 18, 2013
    8
    Rodriguez's strong script and direction give him a strong start to the game in this outstanding action thriller.
Metascore
73

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. 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.
  2. Juicy, adroit, and likable.
  3. 75
    Enormously entertaining.