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Secuestro Express Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 15, 2005
A well-intentioned copy but one that holds much promise for its first-time director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dallas Morning News
September 10, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
Secuestro Express seems less interested in dramatizing the crushing inequities of that nation than in serving up hefty doses of sadism and titillation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
Part exploitation thriller and part sociopolitical statement, Secuestro Express is a little too enamored of its own gangsta cool to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 5, 2005
Jakubowicz pleases the eyes with closeups, sped-up scenes, hand-held camerawork and other stylized tricks.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
Jakubowicz will undoubtedly become a filmmaker to follow, as soon as he understands what he wants to say -- not just how loud he wants to say it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2005
Jakubowicz is a whiz at setting up an exceedingly tense predicament and then building upon it a nearly unbearable suspense with ingenuity and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Laura Kern
New York Times
August 4, 2005
The unpredictable Secuestro Express is more than just a dizzying thrill ride laced with small doses of pitch-black comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
August 4, 2005
While it's difficult to resist the temptation to avert one's eyes, the film's power is undeniable.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 4, 2005
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 4, 2005
Depicts a nocturnal Caracas with tense energy while gingerly trying not to offend any political group in the current class wars embroiling Venezuela.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 4, 2005
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling as much a hostage as the story's victims -- more to the point, as if you've slept in the same clothes for more than three days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
Too often, though, Jakubowicz falls back on his relentlessly pirouetting DV camera, attention-deficient editing and ear-splitting sound effects as a substitute for real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
As social commentary, Secuestro Express doesn't go much further than regurgitating character types (poor little rich girl, thief with heart of gold) and reminding us of Caracas's class differences.