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Machete [2010]


Inspired by the trailer featured in Robert Rodriguez's "Grindhouse": With the help of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent (Jessica Alba) and a taco truck driver (Michelle Rodriguez), a former Federale (Danny Trejo) begins a Mexican-American uprising after being framed in the assassination attempt of an unscrupulous anti-immigration proponent (Robert De Niro). Also with Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Ethan Maniquis. [1:45 - R]


thumbs up

"The movie’s an unexpected end-of-summer tonic: a trash guilty pleasure with a healthy (if really violent) sense of outrage. It’s also [Robert] Rodriguez’s freest movie yet, and possibly his best."

- Ty Burr

thumbs down

"If the idea is to capitalize on exploitative B flicks, consider the job done. But if the idea is to satirize them, to bring some cutting wit into the mix of blood and race and sex, then its blade is far too dull."

- Amy Biancolli



Ty Burr | Boston Globe
Richard Corliss | Time
Marjorie Baumgarten | Austin Chronicle
J.R. Jones | Chicago Reader
Eric Hynes | Movieline
Tirdad Derakhshani | Philadelphia Inquirer
John DeSando | WCBE
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Kevin C. Johnson | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Owen Gleiberman | Entertainment Weekly
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Ian Buckwalter | NPR
Frank Scheck | Hollywood Reporter
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
John P. McCarthy | Boxoffice Magazine
Stephen Holden | The New York Times
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Kyle Smith | New York Post
Michael O'Sullivan | Washington Post
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Keith Uhlich | Time Out New York
Scott Tobias | Onion AV Club
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Nick Starkey | Premiere
Stephen Cole | The Globe and Mail
Karina Longworth | Village Voice
Joe Leydon | Variety
Joe Neumaier | New York Daily News
Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle

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