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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter 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.

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  • 40

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    Variety Geoff Berkshire

    As violent as its predecessor yet noticeably duller and less outrageous, Machete Kills is dragged to the finish line entirely by its director’s madcap energy and an absurd cast of major stars in strange cameos.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews 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.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times 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.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Machete Kills dulls more than anything. It's not that Robert Rodriguez's sequel lacks any of the camp or exploitative violence of the 2010 original. The mayhem has just become boring.

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  • 70

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    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    Kills tops the 2010 original by not giving a mierda about logic or character.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly 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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Over-the-top grindhouse sequel is full of bloody violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like Machete, Machete Kills attempts to re-create an intense, over-the-top "grindhouse" movie experience with gleefully excessive violence, sexuality, and language (though the energy seems to have flagged somewhat this time around). Violence includes tons of blood and gore, including a microwaved plasma bag that explodes and sprays all over a hospital room, plus multiple beheadings, slicings, guttings, and shootings, as well as fighting. Language is also very strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." There's very little nudity, but viewers do see one sex scene and a woman wearing bottomless chaps, and there's some sexual innuendo. Plus, all the women in the movie are viewed as objects, dressed in sexy, revealing clothing (one even has a machine gun bra).

  • Families can talk about Machete Kills' intentionally shocking material. Why would the extreme violence of this film be considered entertaining? Is it meant to be taken seriously? How can you tell?
  • Is Machete a heroic character? Is he meant to be seen as a role model? Do his actions have positive or negative effects?
  • Are the women in this movie strong female characters, or are they stereotypes?
  • Do you think films like this only appeal to a certain audience? Who is that audience, and why are they drawn to material like this? Are the vintage '60s and '70s exploitation movies that this one was inspired by still relevant today?

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    Messages: There's no real attempt at a positive message amid the nonstop violence, sex, and sexual innuendo -- none of which has much in the way of consequences.

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    Role models: Machete is a powerful Hispanic character, and he tries to save the world, but his methods and actions are mostly destructive, with no consequences. Also some comic attempts at racial slurs by a bad guy ("beaner," "taco," etc.).

What to watch for
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    Violence: Very strong, frequent violence, all of it over-the-top and cartoonish, with geysers of blood and mountains of gore. Characters are frequently beheaded or split in half. One man is killed when the lead character slices into his stomach, grabs his intestines, and tosses them into the nearby whirling blades of a helicopter. In another scene, the lead character microwaves a packet of blood in a hospital, resulting in a huge blood spray. The movie is full of crazy weapons, and there are plenty of shootouts. Hand-to-hand and martial arts fighting are shown. A main character dies, a character's face is burned, and another loses an eye.

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    Sex: A Miss America competitor seduces Machete; as they start to have sex, the movie switches to a weird, distorted color scheme with the joke "put on your 3D glasses now" (the movie isn't in 3D). Sofia Vergara's character has a machine gun bra; she also has a smaller gun that fires, penis-like, from her crotch. One female character is seen wearing bottomless chaps, and all other female characters wear sexy or revealing outfits. There's a joke about fake breasts and other innuendo.

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    Language: Language is very strong and constant, starting with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There is also "d--k," "goddamn," "bitch," "motherf----r," "p---y," "snatch," "pecker," "blowing wad," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "balls," and more.

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    Consumerism: A Pepsi machine is visible in one of Lady Gaga's scenes.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Machete takes a shot of tequila with the president of the United States. Secondary characters smoke cigars.