Desperado (1995)

The mysterious, guitar toting "El Mariachi" walks the streets again to avenge the death of his beloved girl friend in this bloody actioner. The tale opens in a seedy cantina where a flustered American bursts in and tells how he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 25, 1995
DVD Release Date: June 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Rodriguez's second feature may be a rambling, derivative exercise in gratuitous violence, but its determination to proceed as if the word 'restraint' never existed makes for gleeful entertainment.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The routine gets tiresome for the Mariachi, and for the audience, too, after about an hour.

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Rob Gonsalves

Within Rodriguez' pulp formula stories are little pockets of ingenuity.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Rodriguez may be good enough to make a film about anything, but Desperado would collapse if its characters had to do anything but play with guns.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Desperado is best when Rodriguez lets his playful side cut through the blare of a born filmmaker indulging his first chance at high-end Hollywood fireworks.

TV Guide

Rodriguez's follow-up is unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What Rodriguez has essentially done in Desperado is make a slicker, more expensive copy of what came before. And what looked promising for $7,000 looks tiresome for a whole lot more.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

On the whole, watching the film is about as much fun as sitting on a cactus.

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Emanuel Levy

A slicker, more expensive version than El Mariach, except that what was promising and charming for $7,000 now looks tiresome and repetitious for $7 million

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
Antonio Banderas takes up the mantle of the wandering mariachi hunting the drug dealer who murdered the woman he loved and ruined his life. Although Desperado… More
Kevin M. Williams
A shoot-em-up (and there's a lot of shooting) with attitude (likewise). Now some might confuse attitude with style, but shooting a gun while pumping your… More
Conner Rainwater
Desperado is probably Robert Rodriguez's greatest achievement. In many ways it combines all the concepts he's dealt with since, but this is the crown… More
Chris Weber
This is a very wild, cool, and stylish film, even if it ends up being style over substance and story (with a messy and scattershot narrative to boot). In a… More
Alex roy
Desperado is one intense ride. Robert Rodriguez helms this film with an eye for insane action and he delivers a terrific film. The cast chosen to support the… More