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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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October 18, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 4, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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November 24, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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

October 5, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2007
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2007
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary about corruption, crime and human adaptation during difficult circumstances, is a slick, sly and beautifully shot documentary.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 27, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

September 21, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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With a keen eye for wide-screen imagery, Kohn captures the personalities of his interview subjects.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2007
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Made with energy and style...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 31, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The director, a New Yorker of South American extraction named Jason Kohn, serves up a bewildering, yet seldom uninteresting, assortment of subjects.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 30, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Kohn's genius for access is astonishing.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 30, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening.

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

August 29, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A weird hybrid of political exposé and sensationalistic fluff.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2007
Gene Seymour
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
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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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August 16, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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A complete rebirth of the investigative-documentary form.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

August 16, 2007
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 14, 2007
Bonnie J. Gordon
Hollywood Reporter
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Once you get past the gore, Manda Bala makes a powerful statement about the consequences of wanting the good life at any cost.

August 13, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Jason Kohn's gripping Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) is the opposite of a high-school science doc.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 13, 2007
Scott Foundas
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Crammed into a lively 85-minute package delivered with loads of dark humor and cinematic flair.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 30, 2007
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