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Robert Rodriguez brings a new breed of antihero to the big screen in this hyper-violent adaptation of the "fake" trailer originally featured in the 2007 double-feature exploitation throwback Grindhouse. Machete (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who plays by his own rules, and doesn't answer to anybody. In the wake of a harrowing encounter with feared drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal), Machete finds himself in Texas, where the shadowy Booth (Jeff Fahey) offers him the opportunity to make some quick cash by assassinating the unscrupulous Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro).… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"I have nothing against films that take political stances, but an exploitation flick? It's off-putting. I'd prefer to sit back and bask in the carnage and R-rated silliness."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Machete is enjoyable to a point, but the novelty soon wears off and there isn't enough inspiration to sustain the concept for a full-length feature film."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Machete is the coolest revenge-driven, gore-splattered, star-studded Mexploitation flick ever!"
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"... 105 minutes of ludicrous fun, but you can see the best parts in the trailer."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
""Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff.""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Rodriguez plans "Machete" sequels. Here's hoping the next is sharper and cuts closer to the bone."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Though it starts off well, Machete becomes boring and slow towards the end as Trejo's shtick starts to feel a bit stale. Still, you'll definitely find some entertainment here."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"Basically what we have here is a very silly exploitation film similar to what Rodriguez did with his half of "Grindhouse.""
‑ Jeff Beck,
"At the end there's the humorous promise of sequels, but if Machete is a neat, bloody full-stop on the mainstream Mexploitation genre Rodriguez has done so much to resurrect, it's a fine one."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"The movie is ham-handed, repetitive, and rhythm-less -- a mess that's uglier than its hero and nowhere near as likable."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"It's basically a one-joke exercise heading toward the inevitable big battle between vigilantes and Mexicans. There's lots of gore, flesh and fun along the way, but it gets repetitious."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"First and foremost, this is a badass action film, with not only ever-badass Trejo doing ever-badass things, but everyone in the cast gets their badass moment."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The end result is a disastrous waste of time that is as tedious as it is misguided..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It may be thin but it's fun and for some that will be enough."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
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