Parents' Guide to

Machete Kills

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

Movie R 2013 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


Cheap, hyper-sexual, brain dead, immorally corrupt movie that any parent should be embarrassed to watch. No adult, teen, child, should ever watch this garbage.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 17+

Fun, but not as fun as the original!

Machete Kills, the sequel to the action-comedy masterpiece Machete! It still has the gore, the action, the quirkiness, and the humor of the first, but not as much! It's a very good sequel, but just not as great as the original!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (5):

As happened with the El Mariachi and the Spy Kids franchises, this Robert Rodriguez sequel once again falls short of its predecessor. Machete was arguably Rodriguez's best movie, but MACHETE KILLS -- while still passable -- comes nowhere close. It doesn't really push the envelope; instead of taking gleeful joy in breaking the rules, it only bends the rules -- and doesn't seem too excited about it. Perhaps the trouble is that Rodriguez seems more invested in making the audience care about its stoic hero. Or perhaps he's relying more on silly gimmicks, such as Sofia Vergara's machine gun bra or casting four well-known actors as the disguises of a mysterious bounty hunter known as "El Chameleon." The movie is overall less funny and less sexy than the original, although, in the lead role, Trejo is just as cool as ever, and there's at least one great grindhouse moment involving a man's intestines and the blades of a helicopter.

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