Heli Reviews

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Joe McGovern
Entertainment Weekly
December 3, 2014
The film's nihilism serves as a metaphor for the merciless death pit of Mexico's drug war, but not much else.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 7, 2014
Director Amat Escalante and his gifted cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman have crafted a powerful film that feels and looks a lot like Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning Traffic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
July 10, 2014
Although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 12, 2014
Unmistakably, an angry film, an indictment of circumstances that seem to force a choice between impotence and homicide.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2014
A stunning piece of filmmaking.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
June 11, 2014
An average newspaper reporter can do a more artful, compassionate job with a drug-war story than this movie does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 10, 2014
A dead-eyed, lyrical art film that kicks you in the throat.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 9, 2014
Much of what Heli has to say feels either obvious and/or exhausted by a raft of other recent narrative and documentary features.
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2014
The film's emotional and psychological threads resolve themselves less convincingly.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 28, 2014
A depiction of how violence and corruption, when left unchecked, taints saints and sinners alike, sparing no one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Erik McClanahan
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2014
The imagery is equal parts ugly and beautiful as the tale descends into a nightmare most could never conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
MSN Movies
June 29, 2013
...ultimately comes off as an empty piece of provocation.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
May 28, 2013
One of those skillfully crafted, unflinching works that nevertheless leaves you questioning what the point of all the queasiness might be.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
Escalante's aesthetic is pure Film Fest 101.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 17, 2013
I'm not sorry I saw Heli, but the squeamish should know what they're in for.