"To their credit, Hayek and Cruz are clearly giving the film their all, even if
their comic banter are of the hit and miss variety... There is a welcome cameo
by Sam Shepard as an aging outlaw hiding out in Mexico, but like his character's
abrupt introduction, he leaves the show much too soon."
Monsters and Critics:
"The only humans that seemed at all comfortable in this film were Yoakam and
Sam Shepard, who would have stolen the movie if he had any more lines."
"'Bandidas' is a strangely entertaining action comedy that accomplishes a lot
more Mexican fun and adventure than the last Zorro sequel could muster. Itís
incredibly inconsequential, buttery entertainment, but itíll surely put a smile
on your face if you can find a way to appreciate its rambunctious spirit."
"Sam Shepard is a clever choice for the role as the girls' trainer, as a bit
of an 'Apollo Creed boxing manager' equivalent of sorts."
"Steve Zahn provides perfect support, Dwight Yoakam is effectively evil and
Sam Shepard makes a too-small appearance which leaves a strong impression."
"Shepard is certainly game, effectively portraying the wise, old mentor for
Maria and Sara. It is a small role, but a nice showcase nonetheless."
"Roenning and Sandbergís film excels not only in sporting a respectable cast
from Dwight Yoakam (as entertaining mustache twirling villain, Mr. Jackson),
Steve Zahn, and Ismael Carlo, but also wisely casts the experience of genre vet
Sam Shephard in a walk on, as a reluctant confidant of the women."
"Even after Sara's radicalization, the nuevas bandidas still need some help
in honing their criminal skills. Fortunately, they're able to locate a retired
robber (Sam Shepard, in an effortlessly appealing cameo) who gives them a crash
course in grand larceny.
Randy Cordoza, Arizona Republic:
"While it's not going to make any "10 best" lists, 'Bandidas' is silly, breezy
fun, fueled by playful chemistry between its charismatic, appealing stars...
It's fast and funny, and the mix of slapstick and personality clashes is rather
"Sam Shepard's cameo is a brief but welcome appearance."