Framed for a covert assassination, a blade-wielding former Federale (Danny Trejo) carves a path of blood, bullets and broken hearts as he carries out a mission of revenge.
" It's a movie that just wants to have fun. To a large degree, it succeeds. "
" It's absurd, absolutely insane and a lot of fun. "
" The pace is swift, the tone playful, the screenplay peppered with one-liners. "
" 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. "
" Rodriguez plans "Machete" sequels. Here's hoping the next is sharper and cuts closer to the bone. "
" This gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer. "
" The whole thing is monumentally gruesome and just as monumentally cynical, a riot of grisly cliches designed to titillate and amuse. "
" Machete works because at no time does it ever ask the audience to take any of this too seriously, yet the nudges and winks are never so forceful that it feels like it's begging for your laughter. "
" Now we have a full-length Machete movie, and it turns out that, as usual, less is more. "
" A loud, giddy, carnal blast from one of cinema's most relentless schlock auteurs. "
" Rodriguez combines sharp satire and timely political commentary with a decidedly B-movie ethos. "
" Machete makes no apologies for its absurdities or silliness, making it an over-the-top thrill ride. "
" It's hard to think of another film this summer that offers such sheer anarchic fun. "
" There's a fine line between clever and stupid, as the Spinal Tap lads reminded us, and Machete grinds that line on a razor's edge. "
" "Warped, violent, dark, funny, sexy. Great stuff." "
" The movie is ham-handed, repetitive, and rhythm-less -- a mess that's uglier than its hero and nowhere near as likable. "
" [It] may be a weird combo of speechy and pulpy but it's also what another all-star bloodbath, The Expendables, should have been -- self-aware, flashy and fun. "
" 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. "
" Brimming with infectious energy -- a well-made movie in the style of poorly made movies. "
" Sorry, mis amigos, wrong decades. The modern B-movie would seem to be devoted to self-conscious fun. More laughs, but fewer real chills. "
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