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If Desperado failed to make sense as “sequel” to El Mariachi for a variety of reasons (timeline, repetition of events, characters), then Once Upon a Time in Mexico only muddies those waters further by offering yet another take on why El Mariachi is so driven to eliminate crime from Mexico. On one hand, the film works excellently as another crooked link in the ever-expanding mythology of El Mariachi whose story, told with a waver in the teller’s voice in many cantinas in Mexico, evolves and changes each time it's told. Steve Buscemi did an excellent job as one such modifier of the myth in Desperado, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico starts in a similar vein with flashbacks recounting the death of El Mariachi’s love that wasn’t in Desperado or El Mariachi nor that makes too much sense when compared to the basic story of the »

- Lex Walker

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