La Soga (The Butcher's Son) Reviews

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Lisa Rosman
Time Out
August 11, 2010
Rings painfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
August 12, 2010
Even a breaking glass is filmed in slow motion and accompanied by ominous soundtrack pounding -- unless that thud is the movie hammering the same point home again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
August 10, 2010
The subgenre's clichéd two-way street of corruption and redemption predictably sees our antihero finding liberation in a childhood sweetheart while facing down the crooked lawman who led him to a life of transgression.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 18, 2010
It's nearly impossible to discern crook from cop in the handheld, trigonometric angles and slice-and-dice editing of La Soga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 10, 2010
So is this anguished assassin guilty of a Faustian bargain with his chosen profession, or its victim? Maybe only the the satanic carnival Lechones dancing at his doorstep know for sure. Or in other words, the devils made him do it.
Michelle Orange
Movieline
August 13, 2010
A film loaded with interest that somehow fails to be interesting.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 13, 2010
For some reason, the film, directed by Josh Crook, has a schmaltzy happy ending that's out of step with the rest of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 12, 2010
This emptily callous film tries to be an edgy expose of the Dominican criminal world, but plays more like a particularly juvenile game of shoot-'em-up.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
August 11, 2010
Despite its flaws, which are minimal for a movie that doesn't have millions of dollars like the big Hollywood flicks, 'La Soga' keeps the audience engaged right to the last frame. This is a gritty urban drama that transcends language and culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 13, 2010
A captivating, well-acted, intense and suspenseful thriller that suffers from excessive flashbacks and a contrived romantic subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.02/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
August 14, 2010
From 'Shots! Shots! Shots!' to 'Hot! Hot! Hot!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jerry Portwood
New York Press
August 18, 2010
The focus could have been refined and made for a simpler tale. As is, it's a thrilling ride -- as long as you don't try to dig too deep into the narrative structure.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 13, 2010
The film's explicit depictions of regional violence have upset some audiences, but there's no denying their impact: those butchered pigs are only the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
Rotten Tomatoes
August 2, 2010
The best movie about a vegetarian butcher that you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2010
Although at times the film gets bogged down in psychological murkiness, the relentless pace and brooding charisma of its star overcomes its narrative deficiencies.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 23, 2012
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