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Desperado

Desperado

1995
Romance
Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
Antonio Banderas stars as the Mariachi without a name in this much anticipated follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 1992 hit, El Mariachi. This time the Mariachi (Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican druglords, Bucho (De Almeida), showdown. (Sony)
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Desperado

1995
Romance
Suspense/Thriller
1h 44m
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Rated 15 Mar 2010
8
79th
Rocket launching guitar cases? Hell yeah we've got rocket launching guitar cases. Banderas takes over as leading man and fits the role well. Must admit I also like seeing Tarantino getting his small bits of screen time.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
89
58th
Guitar-case flamethrower. GUITAR CASE FLAMETHROWER!
Rated 13 Feb 2007
35
13th
Silly film.
Rated 22 Sep 2020
80
33rd
I found this to be pretty entertaining. I can't say it's particularly original, but the action and fighting is shot incredibly well and all of the acting is quite good. Rodriguez knows how to make films like this very entertaining and even funny at times. If the entire Steve Buscemi monologue at the beginning doesn't make you laugh and get you invested, I don't know what will. Very entertaining.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
92
97th
A pure action film with Tarantino stylings, Rodriguez is a master craftsman who makes a great Hollywood film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
82nd
Desperado is super cool with amazing action, a neat revenge story, and undeniable sexiness exuding from Banderas and Hayek. It's possibly the reason that I first decided Robert Rodriguez is awesome. Really good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
Wild action and indie cool make this one worth watching.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
75th
Nervy, kinetic updating of Rodriguez' own "El Mariachi". Plays like a superhero movie.
Rated 15 Apr 2014
93
94th
Best of the Mexico trilogy
Rated 05 Feb 2012
67
57th
Slicked up sequel to El Mariachi, it loses the rough charm and tries to make up for it with elaborately choreographed fights.
Rated 31 Jan 2020
58
16th
Hollow sequel cum-remake of EL MARIACHI is really just a series of kinetic action scenes strung together with some dull exposition, with Banderas lacking the physical presence to embody this "Amigo With No Name". Genially stolen by Buscemi before the curtain rises, with a clever and amusing prologue which becomes the highlight of the movie!
Rated 09 Apr 2009
98
98th
imagine what rodriguez made with a budget of 7000 dollar ( !! ) it's unbelievable. one of my favorite action flicks ever!
Rated 03 Mar 2010
76
64th
It's got two great leads and good supporting acting, superbly absurd over the top action sequences and a rocking soundtrack. Sure the plot is a goofy one but as an action movie it works well. My only complaint is the rest of the band being called out only to die within seconds. Even so it's an enjoyable action flick.
Rated 05 Dec 2006
90
79th
Salma Hayek = yummy. Great comedy and action in this one. Best of the trilogy, IMO.
Rated 13 Dec 2006
88
77th
Great movie until the sequel came out.
Rated 31 Jan 2007
83
41st
Desperado is one of those great little action flicks that not only has some really awesome fight sequences, but also has dialog you'll be quoting for weeks after having watched the film. The characters are all larger than life and quite eccentric in their own ways. Everything about this movie oozes style and Steve Buscimi and Quintin Tarantino's characters are on their own worth watching this movie for. A great big ball of fun actiony romping.
Rated 09 Feb 2007
77
71st
Its slightly funny to compare this to El Mariachi. The budget is about 50,000,000 times bigger. The shots replacing the pasty faced weed of the first film with Banderas in the flashbacks made me giggle. There were also moments where I wanted to congratulate the director on having seen a John Woo film. But for all that its still a good slice of fun. Also, Salma Hayek! Nuddy! Woooooooo! My inner 14 year will shut up now.
Rated 28 Sep 2014
7
57th
Desperado is simply one of the funnest action films ever made. For what it lacks in substance, it makes up for with crazy action sequences and fun performances. And to the films credit it never takes itself seriously. Banderas is an absolute blast as Mariachi. Hayek offers little other than eye candy. But there's so many fun performances from the likes of Buscemi, Trejo, Marin and even Tarantino. Robert Rodriguez convincingly builds on the success of El Mariachi with this superior sequel/remake.
Rated 20 May 2012
63
54th
It should be way better -- and 15 minutes shorter --, but despite Rodriguez's overconfident look, it works as a decent action flick. In general, it fails immensely at trying to be an exercise in style. And he would only get it right 15 years later, with Machete.
Rated 02 Apr 2007
81
67th
This movie is badass, as are the people in it. The bit where Salma Hayek's character is introduced by having her (more or less) cause a car crash is inspired.
Rated 05 Apr 2007
75
68th
I enjoyed the over the top violence of Desperado. Especially that one bar scene with guns and bodies everywhere. And you can't argue that Salma Hayek just looks drop dead gorgeous from her first appearance on the screen!
Rated 27 Apr 2007
70
31st
Mmmm, Salma
Rated 01 May 2007
70
47th
Hyper violent and imaginative the film is nevertheless taken down a few notches when it's pacing slows to acrawl near the end.
Rated 26 May 2007
50
36th
Decent flick.
Rated 06 Aug 2014
80
44th
Robert Rodriguez' best film, hands down. Convincingly makes the effete Banderas look like Charles Bronson.
Rated 25 Apr 2012
70
54th
Bit long but has some good moments. This is actually more of a grindhouse movie that Rodriguez' actual Grindhouse contribution. Crazy gun battles, a lot of corn syrup and one or two stand out scenes but not a movie I'll be watching over and over.
Rated 09 Aug 2007
72
57th
Movie isn't as good as the first one. The money got to Robert Rodriguez or something, I guess. It's certainly entertaining, though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
92nd
The movie that started it all. Actually, it wasn't but it is the movie that made El Mariachi famous. At least that's what I think. Robert Rodriguez makes things cool.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
26th
Fun film from Rodriguez
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
33rd
30 points for each of Salma Hayek's tits
Rated 28 May 2021
45
17th
Just for completions sake, I am reviewing a film seen years ago. Desperado starts out intiguingly, excitingly, giving high expectations; (a little like a blind date when Salma Hayek turns up and seems to be quite interested) only for it to loose direction, energy and interest in almost direct proportion to its running time ( When Salma reveals she is only there 'cos she fancies the barman). I have watched the start of this film a few times, rarely finishing it, but Buscemi is just brilliant
Rated 25 Jul 2014
3
38th
Other than that huge tease of an ending, there's plenty to enjoy here: funny and well-choreographed action, Banderas and Hayek having a smoldering, sexy charisma-off, a guitar-case rocket launcher, great bit parts for Buscemi and Trejo, the most tolerable acting ever done by Quentin Tarantino, etc.
Rated 18 Mar 2012
79
80th
If you like over-the-top gunfights and some really gimmicky weaponry, this is where you need to look.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
87th
Robert Rodriguez follows up/remakes his debut movie with this bigger, better and cooler sequel. Visually stunning and great performances makes this a wonderful movie experience.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
73
49th
It's pretty action-y, and it gets bonus points both for being inspired by El Mariachi and for Steve Buschemi
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
84th
This movie will explain to you why mariachi players are not to be trifled with.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
55th
Buscemi makes this movie work. If only he had a bigger part.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
62
42nd
Superficial stuff, but fun to watch.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
85
86th
Excellent.
Rated 13 Sep 2007
75
50th
It is fun to watch and the acting is not horrible. Really though, it is just an excuse to see Salma Hayek beat people up.
Rated 14 Sep 2007
80
83rd
Best. Soundtrack. Ever.
Rated 13 Nov 2014
64
31st
Empty doesn't begin to describe its lack of depth but it's stupidly funny and explosively flashy in an acceptable way. Banderas and Hayek are both pretty hot and know exactly what kinda schlock they've landed in.
Rated 09 Oct 2015
65
60th
98 for a young Salma Hayek, 70 for the action scenes, 50 for the acting, 40 for the story. 65 in total. Did I mention that Salma Hayek was smoking hot in this film? That's what the 98 was for, just in case you are wondering. The actual movie isn't bad either, especially if you enjoy sequels that also function as quasi-remakes. Rodriguez once again proves his ingenuity working on a small scale. The action is thrilling but the story is weak. A young Salma Hayek also stars.
Rated 03 Nov 2007
72
32nd
A fun action movie with a couple of cool, well executed ideas, like the guitar case grenade launcher.
Rated 12 Nov 2007
70
25th
looked like Zorro without the cape the best part of the movie was looking at selma hayak she is fine
Rated 30 Nov 2007
86
92nd
Antonio Banderas gave his best for Rodriguez remake. So did Salma Hayek.
Rated 30 Dec 2007
60
29th
Fun and silly, Robert Rodriguez's strong point.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
75
36th
Oh, did I love this when I was 16...I thought this was one of the greatest action movies ever, at the time. Years of TNT reruns have soured me on it a great deal. Some good action scenes...the obligatory terrible (in a good way) Tarrantino cameo...but zero in the way of story.
Rated 09 Nov 2019
20
17th
I remember not liking this movie.
Rated 25 May 2022
79
54th
criticker'a girdiğim 600üncü film.
Rated 07 Jan 2012
60
42nd
6- pretty good
Rated 14 Jun 2008
94
99th
Great
Rated 12 Jul 2008
79
73rd
Awesome!
Rated 28 Jul 2008
88
70th
Stylish and cool. Banderas is awesome.
Rated 23 Sep 2008
85
84th
My favourite of all Rodriguez' movies and of that trilogy.
Rated 27 Nov 2008
8
17th
Ooooooooooooh!! A throwback to an simpler, and arguably, better, time in cinema for the masses.
Rated 26 Feb 2018
66
34th
20.02.2018, Istanbul
Rated 18 Nov 2013
67
36th
GOD DAMMMMNNNN. Salma Hayek is smokin' in this film.
Rated 18 Dec 2011
59
12th
All the character I liked in this movie are in the film for to short of time. I was disappointed with this sequel. The action scenes were nothing special.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
95
95th
The Movie is Awesome!
Rated 26 Jan 2009
75
74th
Explosions, idiotic story, hot women.. but part 2 was better :)
Rated 24 Feb 2009
85
57th
I really enjoyed Desperado. It was a really good lone-wolf revenge movie. I thought that the resolution scenes were a little rushed.
Rated 15 Mar 2009
14
11th
Bigger, bolder, bloodier, steamier, and more cartoonish than the original, but its endless waves of balletic shoot-outs soon become tiring.
Rated 22 Mar 2009
75
54th
Rodriguez's comparatively megabudgeted _El Mariachi_ sequel/remake lacks the soul and surprise of his original but partially compensates with spectacular action. Rodriguez tosses in some Peckinpah, Leone, and John Woo moves, even interrupting the abundant violence to detail Antonio's tender relationship with a guitar-playing street urchin. While Marin handles his sinister-barkeep role well, the best I can say about Tarantino's appearance as an Anglo drug courier is that it's a brief one.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
74
25th
Meh, not a fan of the genre.
Rated 29 Nov 2011
80
59th
wonderful dirty action
Rated 09 Jun 2009
70
59th
One word: sexy!
Rated 11 Jun 2009
68
65th
The story of El Mariachi continues. Good mexican gangster shoot-em-up.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
40
22nd
The score of 40 is for Salma Hayek :)
Rated 21 Jul 2009
2
39th
A fun action movie, nothing more nothing less.
Rated 26 Jul 2009
90
77th
Okay. This movie is crap, but I loved it. Stylistic, Soundtrack, Imagery. From the first bar scene, to the final battle. Wonderful wonderful bubblegum.
Rated 25 Jun 2017
76
44th
Arguably better than El Mariachi; the intro is way batter (though the ending isn't as strong), it has more interesting characters (though we don't get enough of Buscemi or Trejo's characters), Banderas is a better Mariachi (though there's too much time spent reflecting on the last film), and the humor and action are both greatly improved on (though the story is even more drawn out and oddly paced than before).
Rated 25 Aug 2013
80
72nd
Havalı bir film. Özgün ve eğlenceli karakterler, şiddet estetiği, sağlam aksiyon sahneleri, Meksika kültürü, kısa namlulu shotgun, öldüren cazibe Salma Hayek, gitar, hoş şarkılar ile gerçekten havalı bir film.
Rated 14 Nov 2011
81
92nd
fucking cool
Rated 07 Sep 2009
60
25th
Fun and violence - is that the reason that everybody loves this movie? Or rather the chemistry between Hayek and Banderas?
Rated 06 Oct 2009
75
75th
Suitably slick and stylish for a movie about a guitar playing assassin. The plot gets a little rushed and flaky near the end - but theres enough good stuff going on before that to make up for it.
Rated 07 Oct 2009
80
72nd
A great cast, over the top gunfights, and smooth soundtrack help make Desperado a real thrill. Quite a few creative bits as well, such as the dreaded guitar case rocket launcher.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
70
67th
Just rewatched it for the first time in ages, and it holds up pretty well. Great music and visual panache makes up for a sketchy plot.
Rated 20 Nov 2009
63
32nd
Salma Hayek novamente
Rated 22 Aug 2021
39
31st
Unless Rodriguez is doing a horror mashup, I find him pretty cringeworthy now that I'm no longer in my 20's. Like the worst parts of his friend Tarantino's early style without any flair for dialogue or visual composition.
Rated 12 Aug 2013
60
52nd
A fun movie and a very good example of Robert early action style filming. Also Salma is jaw dropping and this movie is worth watching only for her.
Rated 09 Oct 2011
75
55th
75.000
Rated 26 Jan 2010
79
38th
Almost as elegant as Tarantino, and almost as meaningless too.
Rated 07 Feb 2010
80
67th
It's... fun. I'm not even sure what else to say, but is there anything else to say anyway? Not a perfect film or anything but a good time.
Rated 22 Feb 2010
75
71st
An often underrated gem of an action film that combines a Mexican cartel story with classic El Mariachi. This is a more polished and greatly improved version of El Mariachi. Has a truly badass soundtrack and great quotable dialogue bits coming from Buscemi and Tarantino. The action is over the top but fun at the same time. Banderas is in his element here. Hayek is ridiculously hot in this. Rodriguez really hit his peak in the 90's and it's been all downhill since.
Rated 12 Mar 2016
82
53rd
Rodriguez is back in action, continuing the story of the guitarist from his first feature film, "El mariachi." Rodriguez takes his legendary budget from the original film, $7000, and multiplies it 1000x. This give him better equipment, better actors, and more toys to play with, and it shows. The film stars Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, with a supporting role by Steve Buscemi and a small cameo role by Danny Trejo. It's exhilarating and entertaining but lacks the simple charm of the original.
Rated 26 Sep 2021
90
84th
I loved this movie. Robert Rodriguez made a badass action hero movie that is focuses only on Mexico. The Mariachi is one of the coolest heroes I have ever seen. He's a lover, a fighter, and a badass musician. The story starts out as a very simple good guy versus the bad guy who killed his wife but there is a twist that really added a layer to the character. Salma Hayek is the perfect addition to this movie. She shows that she can also be a hero herself. Tarantino distracted from the movie though
Rated 02 Aug 2012
64
12th
Pretty poorly written, especially after Rodriguez gives up on his faux-Tarantino shit after the first third. Some alright action scenes. All together, unsatisfying.
Rated 08 Jun 2010
79
75th
I love this far over the top film.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
34
19th
"O' Roberto/Won't you come to your senses?/You've been out writin' offenses/For so long now."
Rated 13 Aug 2010
75
73rd
A man with a guitar, a gun, and a girl. Perfect action bliss.
Rated 15 Aug 2010
64
84th
#00s(e)#, liked, rewatch(2) }*{ #90s(m)#, story.
Rated 18 Aug 2010
60
68th
3/5
Rated 12 Jan 2016
62
32nd
Swaps charm and grime for "cool". Doesn't work as well but it isn't the worst piece of action cinema by any means.
Rated 18 Sep 2012
85
76th
So much fun. The action sequences in this are a blast, Banderas and Hayek have typically great chemistry as the leads, and there's a great group of fun actors in small supporting roles (even Tarantino manages to not be distractingly bad for once).
Rated 11 Dec 2015
6
32nd
Banderas perfectly falls into place as El Mariachi, but despite 'Desperado' topping the previous film in every single way (from the action, to the style, to the visuals), it nonetheless feels like a bunch of empty setup to an anticlimactic conclusion.
Rated 11 Dec 2010
20
15th
boooooooooooooo
Rated 12 Jan 2011
97
81st
~3
Rated 11 Feb 2011
70
92nd
Steve Buscemi rules.
Rated 20 Feb 2011
75
30th
Early Robert Rodriguez. I wish it were more store and less action.

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