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The Devil's Miner Reviews

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Kam Williams
San Francisco Bay View

This documentary which exposes the twin evils of child labor and silver mining, is a most powerful expose' of an ongoing, mass-scale human tragedy.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Bay View | Original Score: 4/4

June 16, 2007
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The flawless progress of this documentary lies in the filmmakers' unwavering fealty to their subjects.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Luke Y. Thompson

A horror movie? Nope -- documentary. Though there is, I think, a good horror movie to be made here.

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October 25, 2006
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

The film has a tendency to repeat itself, even within its short running time of 82 minutes, but is still able to express a sincere sorrow.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

July 6, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A mesmerizing documentary both exotic and sad.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2006
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give (it) its identity.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

May 18, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's a testament to the filmmakers' subtle storytelling skill that we come to see these boys as heroes as well as victims.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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This is social documentary at its best.

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

April 28, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

A role-model of a boy with the great skill to articulate his impressive determination and plan for self-improvement.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2006
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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... visually beautiful, unforced essay on legacies of colonialism.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 27, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.

March 28, 2006
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

At times it feels as if not cameras but the audience has been transported to the high mountains of Potosi, Bolivia -- and not so much physically but somehow spiritually.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 25, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

March 22, 2006
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 17, 2006
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children -- and, for that matter, adults -- are exploited by mining companies.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 17, 2006
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani go underground themselves to expose a form of near-slavery instituted by the Spanish conquistadors more than four centuries ago.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 16, 2006
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani's documentary The Devil's Miner is so polished that it might pass for a scripted narrative feature, but that's not a bad thing.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

March 15, 2006

Village Voice
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A sobering day trip, more for its hints of a forgotten history of culture collision than its sensible but rote socioeconomic sympathies.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 14, 2006
Deborah Young
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A study in courage and harrowing portrait of a 14-year-old boy who works in a Bolivian silver mine, The Devil's Miner is an unforgettable journey through hell under the earth, where Satan is worshipped as king.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 10, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Though they're telling a story of potentially deadly child labor, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani never amp up the drama, wisely preferring a straightforward approach that respects the bleak reality of their subjects.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
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