Sequestro (kidnapping) Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
September 14, 2010
With its vérité footage and synthesized score, Sequestro at times plays like a non-trashy episode of Cops.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
September 13, 2010
Sequestro is terrifying and clear-headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 10, 2010
Filming over four years and tracking several cases, the Brazilian director Jorge W. Atalla favors a fevered shooting style that's repetitious and disorienting but also effortlessly dramatic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
September 9, 2010
...a brilliant examination of the horror of kidnapping, showing the real life victims and their families at the time of their anguish; hard to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2010
Sequestro is a tremendous feat of inspired structuring and editing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
September 9, 2010
There are riveting moments, especially in tastefully shot interviews with former captives, who quietly describe their physical and psychological torture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 8, 2010
Although Atalla surely couldn't have intended to desensitize viewers, Sequestro comes very close to exhausting them.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 7, 2010
Much of Sequestro looks, basically, like COPS.
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John Anderson
Variety
August 13, 2010
Ultimately electrifying, both in what it reveals and how it reveals it.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
August 10, 2010
Though marred by repetition, this film is a four-year labor of love graphically dramatizing the kidnapping industry in Sao Paulo.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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