Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2008
To address the economic inequality of teeming Sao Paulo, Brazil, documentary maker Jason Kohn has joined several loosely related topics into a sort of rhetorical doughnut, leaving a hole in the center where his thesis should be.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2007
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 5, 2007
Kohn, who shot Manda Bala in lush widescreen format and makes deft use of Brazilian pop music to give the film a cleverly incongruous soundtrack, is intent on making a picture that is as visceral to watch as it is to contemplate.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2007
We see where this is going early on; by the end, despite the film's beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
September 27, 2007
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary about corruption, crime and human adaptation during difficult circumstances, is a slick, sly and beautifully shot documentary.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 21, 2007
Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 2007
With a keen eye for wide-screen imagery, Kohn captures the personalities of his interview subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 14, 2007
The movie has a great flashiness -- copter shots that swoop over Sao Paulo; swift, playful editing; and pop-operatic sequences driven by catchy songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2007
Made with energy and style...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2007
The director, a New Yorker of South American extraction named Jason Kohn, serves up a bewildering, yet seldom uninteresting, assortment of subjects.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 30, 2007
Kohn's genius for access is astonishing.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
Lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 17, 2007
A weird hybrid of political exposé and sensationalistic fluff.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 16, 2007
Kohn takes seemingly disjointed and mildly bizarre elements to create a crafty, infuriating portrait of a society seemingly poised, like a scorpion, to be consumed by its own toxins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 16, 2007
Kohn's film brilliantly depicts the Brazilian financial capital of São Paulo as a hallucinatory Blade Runner realm of the present.
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
August 14, 2007
With an excess of excitable style, samba music, and heady, montage-driven metaphor that threatens to bury his film's key ideas, young-gun director Kohn So far, he's succeeded.
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Bonnie J. Gordon
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2007
Once you get past the gore, Manda Bala makes a powerful statement about the consequences of wanting the good life at any cost.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 13, 2007
Jason Kohn's gripping Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) is the opposite of a high-school science doc.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
January 30, 2007
Crammed into a lively 85-minute package delivered with loads of dark humor and cinematic flair.