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Miss Bala Reviews

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Phil Coldiron
Slant Magazine

Unlike Terri, the latest, most commercial venture from his friend and AFI schoolmate Azazel Jacobs, Miss Bala doesn't sublimate Gerardo Naranjo's strengths into a commercially viable package.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 30, 2011
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C

April 14, 2012
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Clumsy symbolism undermines a tenacious performance from Sigman.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

October 27, 2011
Cole Smithey

[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 Source: | Original Score: D+

January 9, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

November 6, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Sloppy writing and storytelling make the near two hour film seem far longer.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

February 2, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"Miss Bala" can't quite engage. It fires at the target. It makes a lot of noise. But it never quite hits the bull's eye.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews audacious yet hopelessly uninvolving art-house thriller that peters out significantly in the buildup to its anticlimactic finale.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2012

Naranjo's tense, taunt and turbulent tale shrouded in beauty has a compellingly dangerous edge.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2011
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep

It's a gripping story told in the style of a very un-Hollywood thriller, with the action and suspense stemming from a disturbingly realistic portrayal of violence.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

October 28, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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"Miss Bala" is a portrait of a young woman who is at once terribly vulnerable and improbably brave. It's equally a vision of a vulnerable society on the road to anarchy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 19, 2012
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Provides a discomfortingly intimate glimpse into the complexities of the Mexican-U.S. drug trade. "Miss Bala" shouldn't be written off by adventurous moviegoers.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: B-

January 23, 2012
Drew McWeeny

Miss Bala is one of the highlights of the year so far for me, a powerful experience, and Naranjo is, without a doubt, a born filmmaker.

Full Review Source: HitFix | Original Score: A+

September 17, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2012
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 4/5

February 3, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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There is a larger message to be found here, but it never derails the taut vintage thriller that's been constructed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 17, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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It's an adventure story that could be called a contemporary picaresque if it weren't so deadly serious, and might be called fantastical if it weren't loosely based on a true story of a former Miss Hispanic America.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 19, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012

New York Times
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January 27, 2012
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