Machete (2010)

A blade-wielding ex-federale hides out as a day laborer when he is double-crossed by a corrupt senator.

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

Everyone breaks rules in Rodriguez' universe, but his extreme film makes a point about the breakdown of law -- and the moral, ecclesial, and civil consequences on society. The Wild West is back, and what are you going to do about it?

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Richard Roeper

"Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff."

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Rodriguez plans "Machete" sequels. Here's hoping the next is sharper and cuts closer to the bone.

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

Rodriguez and Maniquis seem to think that trashy aesthetics and a couple of meta-jokes render them brilliantly astute and self-aware film-makers, but remain oblivious to the fact that labelling something an homage doesn't necessarily make it any good.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The movie is ham-handed, repetitive, and rhythm-less -- a mess that's uglier than its hero and nowhere near as likable.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
All i have to say is. "Machete dont text" so so much fun
Morgan Griffith-David
Simply. Hillarious.
Carlos Magalhães
An empty and silly exercise in cheap exploitation with unfunny attempts at humor and a stupid plot that is preposterous even for a film that is not supposed to… More
Jens S.
Machete pretty much fails in most regards director Rodriguez triumphed in such Grindhouse and pulp masterpieces like Planet Terror or From Dusk Till Dawn. The… More
Phil Hubbs
The film famously spawned from one of the fake parody trailers that was seen in the Tarantino and Rodriguez movie 'Grindhouse'. Personally I'm… More
Mark Walker
In 1997, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez released their Grindhouse double bill which consisted of "Death Proof" and "Planet Terror"… More