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  • Summary: DEA agent Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna) is recruited by the CIA and goes undercover as a professional soccer player with the L.A. Riot soccer team owned by billionaire Andres Galan (Alfred Molina).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 14, 2014
    75
    The show is fast-paced and sexy, but perhaps its secret weapon is the authenticity of Tony's character as a young Latino resident of the working class, largely Mexican American Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 15, 2014
    70
    The flavor is high-style retro-modern, high-style B-picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 14, 2014
    70
    A fun, entertaining action show.
  4. 70
    The show is a compendium of high-octane clichés, just clever enough that you can't call it stupid and just stupid enough that you can't call it clever.... There are three saving graces. One is the premise, which is enjoyably ludicrous.... The second saving grace is the multicultural cast and international flavor.... The third saving grace, certainly not to be underestimated, is Luna, who's got a marvelous Everyman quality.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 14, 2014
    60
    Matador is definitely B-level--serviceable dialogue, not-quite-cartoonish characters, gimmicky editing--but it’s not grindhouse.
  6. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Jul 15, 2014
    58
    Matador has the potential to be really fun, once the place-setting of the first episode is out of the way. But the show won’t unlock that potential unless it fully buys into how ridiculous it can truly be.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 14, 2014
    30
    The show plays like a slapdash effort, conceived less by creative spark than as the product of focus-group testing, with a dash of nostalgia thrown in.

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  1. Aug 13, 2014
    8
    I think the critics got it right here. Yes it comes off as a B-movie type of show but it absolutely has so much joy and revelry in the acting & the directing & the writing that you just can't help but have fun with the show. Alfred Molina is great and that the lead actor who plays bravo is extremely talented. Even the mail CIA handler is perversely funny. This is the second show on the El Rey network that I have watched after from dusk till Dawn and I'm really loving it. I'm so glad I found this channel. Expand