El Bola Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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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
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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.
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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