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  • Summary: In this action adventure film a lone Mariachi musician enters a small town at the same time as a hitman. They both wear black and carry similar guitar cases, except the Mariachi's contains his beloved guitar and the hitman's is full of weapons--as a result the Mariachi finds himself ushered into a violent underworld of crime. (Sony) Expand
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  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
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Mar 18, 2013
    Rodriguez's strong script and direction give him a strong start to the game in this outstanding action thriller.
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    El Mariachi divertido, com personagens cômicos e super engraçado............................................................................................... Expand

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