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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The stunts dazzle until you miss the low-key charm and cost-conscious inventiveness of the original. 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. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Search for some independent inspiration, and you'll be looking for a long time. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Take nothing seriously - not the action, not the gore, not the plot, not the theme. Instead, view Desperado as it's meant to be seen - a comedy - and you're in for an unalloyed treat; heck, you're in for one of the funniest flicks of the year. show more

  • 63
    San Francisco Examiner

    During this movie, every few moments the theater fills with the appreciative guffaws of 18-year-old young men. How old are you? show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    I was pleased again and again by set-ups, camera angles, lighting effects, editing rhythms and the fanciful staging of action scenes. But I never for a moment cared about the characters, and the plot was all too conveniently structured - just a guideline to the action. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Mostly just another exercise in snappy editing and over-the-top mayhem that will leave most grown-up movie- goers cold. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The real problem with Desperado, however, is that this sequel is without purpose and may be the most unnecessary follow-up since the second "Crocodile Dundee." show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    Unquestionably formulaic but mercifully free of the flat dialogue and arch one-liners that undermine so many action films. And while it lacks "El Mariachi's" naive charm, it's far funnier. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    A bust-a-gut film experience that reveals Rodriguez as both a stylist versed in the mechanics of popular storytelling and a maverick whose ingenuity guides him along a singular path. show more

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