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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Harvey S. Karten

A Trump-type fantasy of a psychotic who picks off Mexicans crossing the border.

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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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M Suganth
The Times of India

Given that it wants to be a political commentary, we wish the film had dug deeper, but taken simply as a thriller, Cuarón has provided us with a visually impressive film ... that keeps us engrossed.

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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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Courtney Howard
Fresh Fiction

Even though a social justice horror film in the pop culture landscape is a clever concept, the one we're given is poorly executed.

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