Miss Bala Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 19, 2012
An urgent dispatch from the sidelines of the drug war that consumes our southern neighbor.
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January 19, 2012
While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 19, 2012
[A] well-shot, bluntly propulsive thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
January 19, 2012
The Mexican film, inexplicably left off the short list for the foreign-language Oscar, is a high-speed action tale, told through the eyes of a helpless victim
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 19, 2012
In the vision of this ruthless and abundantly talented young director, life in Tijuana isn't merely as bad as you think. It's worse.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2012
Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 18, 2012
Gerardo Naranjo may have made the least-glamorous movie ever about a pageant queen with "Miss Bala."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 17, 2012
There's a wild, Miami Blues-like dreaminess to the movie that's addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
January 16, 2012
Announcing the arrival of a new directorial talent, Miss Bala is a powerfully haunting crime-thriller, which could be taken realistically as well as allegorically.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
January 15, 2012
Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 13, 2012
Miss Bala is a terrifying tale of a beauty contest that ends in horror... The film is a harrowing experience. It cuts deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 9, 2012
[VIDEO] Treating dramatic convention like it was industrial garbage director/co-writer Gerardo Naranjo's attempt at agitprop cinema is a frustrating mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 9, 2012
With the blistering firecracker that is Miss Bala, next-gen Mexican director and AFI grad Gerardo Naranjo delivers on the promise of such well-respected early pics as Drama/Mex and I'm Gonna Explode.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
January 9, 2012
The film's pace races through events in a chain of escalating violence, tension, smoke and gunfire.
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
January 6, 2012
Mexico's official Oscar entry for best foreign-language film presents startling iconography with its star, Stephanie Sigman, emblematic of the country's current problems of drug cartels and weapons trafficking.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 6, 2011
[T}here is a whole lotta frustration to be found in a movie about... a woman forced to play men's games who doesn't fight back... not even a little.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
October 31, 2011
Sigman's turn is committed and the set-pieces harrowing, but sympathy soon gives way to shellshock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 30, 2011
This terrifying thriller immerses you from beginning to end...
October 29, 2011
Naranjo's tense, taunt and turbulent tale shrouded in beauty has a compellingly dangerous edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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