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In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President to stop a crazed global terrorist from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete faces death at every turn from a series of deadly assassins.

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Release date: Oct 11, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R For strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content
 
Official website: https://www.facebook.com/MacheteKills
 
Runtime: 107 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    Machete Kills is gruesomely baroque trash staged with a kinetic freedom that is truly eye-popping, so you can forgive its lapses, like how it goes on a little too long. Rodriguez's only real sin as a filmmaker is that he wants to give you way too much of a crazy ultraviolent good time. ...read more

  • 80
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    You’re really going for Rodriguez’s retrohappy splatter: Intestines tangle in helicopter rotors, heads pop in spring-loaded decapitations, and there’s even a new fake trailer up top. Little is believable, and that’s exactly as it should be. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Josh Modell
    Machete Kills is gleefully ridiculous, one-upping the first movie’s jokes, blood, and even its massively heightened self-awareness. No matter how Rodriguez would like to pitch it, Machete Kills isn’t really an homage to exploitation movies as much as it’s a parody of them. ...read more

  • 64
    Film.com - by William Goss
    More focused and less preachy than its exploitation-riffing predecessor, the comparably shoddy Machete Kills nonetheless peters out in the homestretch (and, for some, surely sooner). ...read more

  • 50
    RogerEbert.com - by Matt Zoller Seitz
    The picture is assembled with energy and a smidgen of style, but it's tiresome and slight. ...read more

  • 50
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Those who love Robert Rodriguez's over-the-top Grindhouse-flavored spoofs will delight in this one but, ultimately, this is probably one Machete too many. ...read more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    The harder everyone tries to wring laughs out of the next hail of bullets or the next ridiculous plot twist or the next comedic decapitation, the duller the edge of the humor. ...read more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    Entertainingly gruesome in parts, and not without a certain anarchic wit, it’s the kind of movie you pause to watch when it’s on TV, but after half an hour, you’ll click over to something else. ...read more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    Rodriguez does a fair job of keeping the zaniness coming: Vergara’s machine gun bra, Gibson delivering exposition in a “Star Wars” prop, bad guys offed by helicopter blades in dementedly creative ways. It’s enough that you’ll hope Rodriguez makes good on that new faux trailer — for “Machete Kills Again . . . in Space.” ...read more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Peter Hartlaub
    As much as Machete Kills is a reunion and continued revival, it also represents a sort of gentrification of the exploitation genre. It's probably time to move on and let a new generation of kids take a crack at making bad films. ...read more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    Robert Rodriguez is like that friend who loves to tell jokes, but always goes on and on, well past the punch line. Remember how he beat the living daylights out of his “Spy Kids” franchise? That’s what he’s working toward with Machete. ...read more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine - by Chris Cabin
    The films that Robert Rodriguez emulates here are known for similar unexpected narrative turns, but the crucial value that he misses is their actual cheapness. ...read more

  • 45
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    At times, to be blunt, he (Trejo) comes off like a silent film star who's accidentally lumbered onto the set of a bloody, violent, thoroughly ridiculous talkie: reluctant to speak, sometimes a little confused by his surroundings. ...read more

  • 40
    The Telegraph - by Tim Robey
    Perhaps because the joke’s already spent, this sequel has a pretty low bar to clear, and manages to be both utterly meritless and weirdly bearable. ...read more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Turns out there can be too much of a good thing. Or a campy thing. Or a silly thing. Or a subtle-as-a-brick-in-the-face thing. ...

  • 40
    The Dissolve - by Matt Singer
    As a focused spoof of exploitation tropes, Machete Kills is, frankly, terrible. But as a surreal stream of subconsciousness from a filmmaker who’s spent a lifetime watching bad movies, it’s an occasionally entertaining diversion. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out London - by Trevor Johnston
    Sadly, much as we want to relish the shameless parade of cartoon violence, while indulging the equally shameless cavalcade of adolescent sexism, the soggy plotting and slack comic timing are downers. ...read more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Matt Glasby
    Like a meal made entirely of chillies, Machete Mk II is spicy to start with, then unpleasant, then numbing - before it all starts to repeat. ...read more

  • 40
    Empire - by Dan Jolin
    Violent, silly, embarrassing, clumsy, confusing, juvenile, occasionally offensive, occasionally a little bit fun. ...read more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Dave McGinn
    It is all so intentionally ridiculous that it gets boring, and you just wait for the next big cornball revelation to momentarily jolt you awake, like Sofia Vergara strapping on her machine-gun bra, or Lady Gaga’s appearance as a hit woman. Machete kills, sure. Unfortunately, he overkills. ...read more

  • 37
    Washington Post - by Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s exhausting. It’s also not particularly funny or engaging. ...read more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    All too soon, Machete Kills collapses into a deranged, directionless splatter comedy that exhausts its bag of tricks, many of them recycled from this grindhouse auteur’s 2010 spoof. ...

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    Machete Kills winds up a slightly camp, tinny parody of bad action movies, playing out with the same sense of tedium as a genuine bad action movie. ...read more

  • 30
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Justin Lowe
    The cinematic axiom of diminishing returns appears to be catching up with Robert Rodriguez’s Machete franchise in only the second installment, as the series’ engagingly lowbrow concept gets overwhelmed by episodic plotting and uninspired, rote performances. ...read more

  • 25
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    When a celebrity chef like Rodriguez is just going through the motions, we can smell that the grindhouse fad is way past its expiration date. It's time to put a fork in it. ...read more

  • 20
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Machete Kills? “Machete Bores” is more like it. ...

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    “Machete Kills” is barely a movie. It’s an inside joke wrapped in a fanboy fantasy, pieced together through a haze of ironic detachment.