Bacurau (Nighthawk) Reviews

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June 27, 2020
It's a buried radiograph of the current socio-political climate in Brazil. [Full review in Spanish]
June 26, 2020
A roughly Western or Mad Max premise is spliced - as Brazilian cinema has often done, à la Glauber Rocha - with local traditions, politics and mythologies.
June 11, 2020
One of the most potent films of the year. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 15, 2020
At times brilliant, at times grotesque. [Full review in Spanish]
May 9, 2020
The editing and the way the film is put together have a bit of a graphic novel vibe [and] it works very well with the tone and shotmaking. Extremely effective.
May 6, 2020
The way this film's story develops - well, I wasn't surprised at all when Udo Kier appeared on the scene.
May 2, 2020
Mendonça and Dornelles's film is... an attempt to grapple with unspeakable, horrifying evil -- but an evil that must be understood in social and historical rather than biblical terms.
April 24, 2020
[Bacurau] a brutally unhinged B-movie that turns the western genre on its head to give a truly thrilling cinema experience that harkens back to the idiocentric aesthetics of Robert Rodriguez and the over-the-top bloodshed of a Quentin Tarantino film.
April 22, 2020
The strange but compelling Bacurau, plunging us into the hinterlands of Brazil, is the kind of modern-day Western that Sam Peckinpah might have made if he were a) Brazilian and b) alive.
April 18, 2020
It's not quite a grindhouse sort of film, but I've seen few operating on the level that this one does with such an acute awareness of how to truly evoke that time.
April 18, 2020
It's a ridiculously entertaining film, notwithstanding a cumbersome 132-minute running time, and its appeal lies in the richness of the village setting.
April 17, 2020
It's a rallying cry against structural injustice told through a satisfying blend of western and science fiction influences.
April 16, 2020
What may seem like slow pacing is a way for Mendonca Filho and Dornelles to inscribe the feel and the interconnected air of the community of Bacurau on the audience.
April 16, 2020
The blend of the familiar and the esoteric make this the most accessible film of Mendonça Filho's I've seen.
April 14, 2020
For all its sweet, bloody, bone crunching revenge, there's also a humanity that rises from the dust.
April 11, 2020
Part midnight movie, part timely exploration of haves-and-have-nots, 'Bacurau' is fierce, darkly funny, and unforgettable.
April 10, 2020
Feels like two, maybe even three movies stitched together-and it mostly works.
April 7, 2020
It's certainly an odd tone to strike for an action film. However, it's also a fascinating experiment with genre. By investing so much time in the villagers of Bacurau, Dornelles and Filho make their lives matter, even the mundane parts.
April 7, 2020
There are a lot of characters and a narrative that feels tossed together. Still, the film is compelling to watch, with a hallucinatory opulence and a full arsenal of spaghetti-Western zooms and wipes and widescreen badlands.
April 5, 2020
It resonates. And despite the beauty of the weathered local faces this movie celebrates, it resonates for anyone, anywhere, watching it.
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