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In the Pit Reviews

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Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
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Equally as perplexing as its lack of perspective is the film's overall shortage of information.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 23, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The workers are upstaged by their work. And the film is a tribute to impressive labor -- its own.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 1, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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In the midst of this nifty picture-making, one searches in vain for the big picture.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 30, 2007
Donald J. Levit
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Though earnest, 'In the Pit' does not take off.

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February 1, 2007
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat

After 45 minutes of seeing this hard work, we get the point.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

January 30, 2006
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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Like the highway these men are building, Rulfo's film sails above the larger context that would actually bring emotional meaning to the lives he wants to celebrate.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 23, 2007
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Simple and often touching.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

April 6, 2007
Don Willmott

something truly amazing

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 12, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is a documentary defined by symbiosis.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

December 12, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Literally and existentially down and dirty, In the Pit is an absorbing documentary about work and the transformation of men into laborers.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 2, 2007
Nick Funnell
Time Out
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You long for more context on both workers and project, though a breathtaking five-minute-plus helicopter shot along the snaking concrete-and-iron colossus at the close helps distract from any moans.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 3, 2007
Robert Koehler
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For a film that depicts the filthy, dangerous work of building the second level of Mexico City's Periferico freeway, the unlikely beauty of Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is just one of the surprising complexities of [this film].

Full Review Source: Variety

January 31, 2006
John Anderson
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The men portrayed by Juan Carlos Rulfo in his colossally intimate film work under such precarious conditions that death must be as common as lunch pails.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

February 1, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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With countless Mexican workers laboring to build a massive freeway in Mexico City, filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo patiently focuses on a handful of the souls who might otherwise be forgotten among the working anonymous.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

February 7, 2007
Timothy Knight

A fascinating and eye-opening chronicle of work and class issues in contemporary Mexico.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 6, 2007
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A terrific film.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 5, 2007
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Life on the freeway is hell, but what comes next for these workers might be worse.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

May 4, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2007
Louis Proyect

Formally elegant depiction of lives of ordinary workers involved with mammoth construction project.

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December 8, 2006
Scott Tobias
AV Club

[Director] Rulfo's simple strategy of sticking close to his subjects and allowing them to wax philosophical about their lives and labors pays off.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

February 2, 2007
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