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80

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Juicy, adroit, and likable.
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80

Washington Post

By Hal Hinson
This brilliantly naive, low-budget shoot-'em-up presents every action as if it were brand spanking new.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
While the story may be a common one (for the action genre, at least), Rodriguez, who wrote, produced, shot and edited the entire film...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Enormously entertaining.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A gripping, tautly-paced action flick that outdoes most of Hollywood's similar output. This is clear evidence that film quality often has...
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70

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
Mythic pulp has its allure, and it also has its limitations. El Mariachi displays no real emotion except a profound appreciation for the...
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70

Variety

Spanish lingo crime meller has a verve and cheekiness that's partly a smart wedding of such influences as Sergio Leone, George Miller and...
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70

TV Guide

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The unrelenting tempo is bolstered by Rodriguez's camera work and editing: nearly every frame seems to have been shot with a careening,...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
Rodriguez makes the same mistake as other first-time auteurs: The world of this movie exists only in relation to other movies, particularly...
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Rated R | For Stylized Violence