100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The camera loves Banderas -- a velvet stud -- as much as it did the young Clint Eastwood.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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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?
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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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Search for some independent inspiration, and you'll be looking for a long time.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Mostly just another exercise in snappy editing and over-the-top mayhem that will leave most grown-up movie- goers cold.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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."
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Nothing but set pieces, snoozes between its scenes of carnage.
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55 out of 100
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