Desierto (2016)

What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 14, 2016
DVD Release Date: February 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Desierto's thought-provoking themes and refreshing perspective are unfortunately offset by a predictable plot and thinly written characters.

Eric Kohn

Give "Desierto" credit for this: There has never been a more appropriate time for a tense thriller about Mexican immigrants avoiding the murderous advances of a gun-wielding American lunatic.

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Peter Sobczynski

Ugly and ham-fisted where it should be exciting and edifying, "Desierto" comes up short both as blood-soaked entertainment and as a blood-stirring polemic.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

You don't have to strain to detect a political edge to the story.

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Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

A generic thriller that happens to be wrapped in political packaging. That packaging is sometimes more interesting than the thrills themselves.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

There's been a surprisingly wide range of works with extra weight in a deeply polarized year. Desierto is the nastiest of them all, but it's also the shallowest.

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Javier Ocaña
El Pais (Spain)

Although the proposal is effective and assembled with style and a brutal beauty, it lacks a social or ethical intention. [Full review in Spanish]

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

Subtlety sits this one out.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

It's not particularly nuanced. In fact, its lack of nuance is its most distinguishing characteristic.

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James Mottram
South China Morning Post

Desierto is a brutal, relentless and pared-back survival thriller bursting with primal energy.

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