El Bola Reviews

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Arthur Lazere
April 9, 2003
Deliberately and skillfully uses ambiguity to suggest possibilities which imbue the theme with added depth and resonance.
Jamie Russell
April 5, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
February 2, 2003
A simple, but gritty and well-acted ensemble drama that encompasses a potent metaphor for a country still dealing with its fascist past.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 21, 2003
An exceptional film.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
December 13, 2002
Mana gives us compelling, damaged characters who we want to help -- or hurt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 13, 2002
Never [sinks] into exploitation.
| Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 12, 2002
Although largely a heavy-handed indictment of parental failings ... the film retains ambiguities that make it well worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
December 10, 2002
At once subtle and visceral, the film never succumbs to the trap of the maudlin or tearful, offering instead with its unflinching gaze a measure of faith in the future.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 10, 2002
Not employing gimmicks or tipping off the nightmare to be faced,'El Bola' draws us in.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 10, 2002
As blunt as it is in depicting child abuse, El Bola is a movie steeped in an ambiguity that lends its conflicts a symbolic resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 13, 2002
Though uniformly well acted, especially by young Ballesta and Galan (a first-time actor), writer/director Achero Manas's film is schematic and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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