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Heli Reviews

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May 27, 2014
Cold, alienating and only occasionally gripping, Heli is an uneasy mix of black comedy, social realist drama and crime thriller. If only the rest of the film matched the slickly confident cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 8, 2014
The emotional and political point through all this isn't to be taken lightly, but because the entirety of the film has such a nihilistic temperament, its effect is muted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 11, 2014
An average newspaper reporter can do a more artful, compassionate job with a drug-war story than this movie does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 22, 2014
This relentless torrent of Mexican miserabilism makes for alienatingly grim and violent viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 23, 2013
Heli executes its shocks with sleek, gasp-inducing effectiveness, but neither it politics, nor its shifts in physical perspective, ever surprise or disorientate us.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 29, 2013
...ultimately comes off as an empty piece of provocation.
May 29, 2013
For all the horrors Heli reveals about modern-day Mexico, it's stubbornly lacking in insight about the characters that live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 18, 2014
It's well-told and shot, yet ultimately unrewarding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 23, 2013
Escalante's aesthetic is pure Film Fest 101.
June 9, 2014
The film's emotional and psychological threads resolve themselves less convincingly.
June 11, 2014
The rest of the movie isn't as graphically awful as its centerpiece torture sequence, but it does little more than flatly illustrate the obvious-namely, that the drug war is very bad news for ordinary, well-meaning Mexicans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 10, 2014
Although it obviously is made with some skill, it also is unrelentingly dire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 3, 2014
The film's nihilism serves as a metaphor for the merciless death pit of Mexico's drug war, but not much else.
May 22, 2014
Soon, the stylistic flourishes don't just seem self-conscious but cribbed, karaoke shades of Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Harmony Korine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 23, 2014
The director Amat Escalante shows plenty of visual flair but his detached, matter-of-fact approach to the suffering endured by his protagonists becomes alienating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 9, 2014
Much of what Heli has to say feels either obvious and/or exhausted by a raft of other recent narrative and documentary features.
August 4, 2014
Though not without its faults, Heli is a beautifully shot, deliberately quiet surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 9, 2014
...maybe Heli contains few layers beyond its central political outcry, but then, maybe it doesn't need to.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 31, 2014
The imagery is equal parts ugly and beautiful as the tale descends into a nightmare most could never conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2013
A dark tale, Heli is certainly not easy viewing but Escalante's bleak journey is one worth taking, for its raw and intense power is often rather extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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