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In the Pit Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 22, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
If you've ever been fascinated by a large and complex construction site, Juan Carlos Rulfo's oddly affecting documentary may offer a kind of blue-collar bliss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
April 23, 2007
Like the highway these men are building, Rulfo's film sails above the larger context that would actually bring emotional meaning to the lives he wants to celebrate.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 1, 2007
The workers are upstaged by their work. And the film is a tribute to impressive labor -- its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2007
Equally as perplexing as its lack of perspective is the film's overall shortage of information.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 7, 2007
With countless Mexican workers laboring to build a massive freeway in Mexico City, filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo patiently focuses on a handful of the souls who might otherwise be forgotten among the working anonymous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
February 3, 2007
You long for more context on both workers and project, though a breathtaking five-minute-plus helicopter shot along the snaking concrete-and-iron colossus at the close helps distract from any moans.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 2, 2007
[Director] Rulfo's simple strategy of sticking close to his subjects and allowing them to wax philosophical about their lives and labors pays off.
| Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 2, 2007
Literally and existentially down and dirty, In the Pit is an absorbing documentary about work and the transformation of men into laborers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 1, 2007
The men portrayed by Juan Carlos Rulfo in his colossally intimate film work under such precarious conditions that death must be as common as lunch pails.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
January 30, 2007
In the midst of this nifty picture-making, one searches in vain for the big picture.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 31, 2006
For a film that depicts the filthy, dangerous work of building the second level of Mexico City's Periferico freeway, the unlikely beauty of Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is just one of the surprising complexities of [this film].