Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Rodriguez’s direction has gotten sloppy since Spy Kids, and while those goofy films may have benefited from it, this one is weakened. There are so many good moments that you long for them to be organized into a more coherent plot, and so many great close-ups that you long for more distance shots to establish the positioning. We expect Depp to steal the show, but not Blades, who simmers with memories of injustice the way Banderas should. I hope that with Rodriguez’s two trilogies complete, he learns some patience before beginning another film; may it be his masterpiece at last.

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