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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"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 Roeper.com
"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, Examiner.com
"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, TheMovieReport.com
"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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