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All Robert Rodriguez Movies Ranked

Texas native Robert Rodriguez developed his signature kinetic style way back while he was still in film school, when a short film he made called Bedhead earned him enough attention to convince him to pursue film seriously. Since then, Rodriguez has embraced his love of genre fare and become one of Hollywood’s foremost purveyors of slick, well-crafted grindhouse-style action. He began his big screen career with bombastic modern westerns like Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn, the latter of which featured fellow cult connoisseur Quentin Tarantino. The friendship between the two of them produced multiple collaborations over the years, including the neo-noir Sin City and the aptly named joint double feature Grindhouse, which spawned a tongue-in-cheek spinoff franchise.

In between all of that, Rodriguez found time to crank out an effects-driven, family-friendly adventure about a couple of Spy Kids, and the film was such a critical and commercial hit that it spawned three sequels, all of which Rodriguez also directed. It’s no wonder James Cameron entrusted him with his long-in-development Alita: Battle Angel. With all of that in mind, we thought it was about time to take a look at his filmography and see how his films match up with each other. Read on to see the full list and see where your favorites land!

#17

Four Rooms (1996)
14%

#17
Adjusted Score: 15.907%
Critics Consensus: Four Rooms comes stocked with a ton of talent on both sides of the camera, yet only manages to add up to a particularly uneven -- and dismayingly uninspired -- anthology effort.
Synopsis: Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy. Ted (Tim... [More]

#16
Adjusted Score: 22.672%
Critics Consensus: The decision to turn this kiddie fantasy into a 3-D film was a miscalculation.
Synopsis: Writer and director Robert Rodriguez returns to the family-friendly adventure of his Spy Kids movies with this three-dimensional action opus.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#15
Adjusted Score: 23.034%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by a rote plot and unfunny scatological humor, All the Time in the World suggests that the Spy Kids franchise has run its course.
Synopsis: On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all...married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new... [More]
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#14

Machete Kills (2013)
30%

#14
Adjusted Score: 34.012%
Critics Consensus: While possessed with the same schlocky lunacy as its far superior predecessor, Machete Kills loses the first installment's spark in a less deftly assembled sequel.
Synopsis: In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#13
Adjusted Score: 48.693%
Critics Consensus: A Dame to Kill For boasts the same stylish violence and striking visual palette as the original Sin City, but lacks its predecessor's brutal impact.
Synopsis: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite. Weaving together Miller's classic stories with new tales, Sin City's hard-boiled citizens once again... [More]

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 48.75%
Critics Consensus: The movie will be found wanting if one is not taken in by the 3-D visuals.
Synopsis: Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker (Stallone). It's up to Juni... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#11
Adjusted Score: 48.574%
Critics Consensus: Shorts has imagination and energy, but most viewers beyond elementary school will likely tire of the kiddie humor and sensory overload.
Synopsis: A young boy living in a cookie-cutter suburb gets hit on the head with a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#10

The Faculty (1998)
53%

#10
Adjusted Score: 55.311%
Critics Consensus: Rip-off of other sci-fi thrillers.
Synopsis: Like so many schools today, Herrington High has passed its prime. Its walls are grimy, its textbooks outdated, its teachers... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#9

Desperado (1995)
61%

#9
Adjusted Score: 63.217%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: The mysterious, guitar toting "El Mariachi" walks the streets again to avenge the death of his beloved girl friend in... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 65.245%
Critics Consensus: A pulpy crime drama/vampire film hybrid, From Dusk Till Dawn is an uneven but often deliriously enjoyable B-movie.
Synopsis: In this action-horror flick from director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Tarantino stars with George Clooney as a pair... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#7
Adjusted Score: 71.513%
Critics Consensus: Violent, pulpy, loopy fun, with Depp stealing the show.
Synopsis: Haunted and scarred by tragedy, El Mariachi has retreated into a life of isolation. He is forced out of hiding... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#6

Machete (2010)
72%

#6
Adjusted Score: 77.257%
Critics Consensus: Machete is messy, violent, shallow, and tasteless -- and that's precisely the point of one of the summer's most cartoonishly enjoyable films.
Synopsis: A blade-wielding ex-federale hides out as a day laborer when he is double-crossed by a corrupt senator. ... [More]

#5
Adjusted Score: 73.987%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez details the violent struggle between a ravenous army of zombie-like humanoids who have taken control of... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 78.458%
Critics Consensus: Though the concept is no longer fresh, Spy Kids 2 is still an agreeable and energetic romp.
Synopsis: The sequel to "Spy Kids," exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#3

Sin City (2005)
77%

#3
Adjusted Score: 85.381%
Critics Consensus: Visually groundbreaking and terrifically violent, Sin City brings the dark world of Frank Miller's graphic novel to vivid life.
Synopsis: The Eisner Award-winning comic series Sin City comes to life in this live-action feature adaptation from director Robert Rodriguez and... [More]

#2

El Mariachi (1993)
93%

#2
Adjusted Score: 94.498%
Critics Consensus: Made on a shoestring budget, El Mariachi's story is not new. However, the movie has so much energy that it's thoroughly enjoyable.
Synopsis: Filmed in two weeks on a budget of 7,000 dollars, El Mariachi was one of the singular pleasures of the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

#1

Spy Kids (2001)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96.881%
Critics Consensus: A kinetic and fun movie that's sure to thrill children of all ages.
Synopsis: Gregorio and Ingrid are the two greatest secret agents the world has ever known: masters of disguise, mavens of invention,... [More]
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez

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