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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Less interested in analyzing São Paulo's place in the shaky Brazilian system than in jacking it up with shorthand, gawk-at-the-foreigners shocks
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
Despite the seriousness of the topic, Manda Bala may be the most visually creative film you will see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2008
To address the economic inequality of teeming Sao Paulo, Brazil, documentary maker Jason Kohn has joined several loosely related topics into a sort of rhetorical doughnut, leaving a hole in the center where his thesis should be.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
November 1, 2007
Kohn takes [risks] in this convoluted but fascinating documentary -- and most of those choices pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
November 1, 2007
Kohn is a talented filmmaker and he's tackled a subject not seen before in documentary film, but you almost feel bludgeoned by the depressing state of Brazil instead of introduced to the problems there.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 11, 2007
Fascinating, and presented with such panache that you can't help but get drawn in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Beth Accomando
October 6, 2007
Kohn does a good job of bringing grim issues to light in a surprisingly entertaining manner. But maybe with a few more years of experience, he could make those issues resonate more fully.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 5, 2007
Kohn, who shot Manda Bala in lush widescreen format and makes deft use of Brazilian pop music to give the film a cleverly incongruous soundtrack, is intent on making a picture that is as visceral to watch as it is to contemplate.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 29, 2007
Kohn has produced an astonishingly honest and frankly shocking documentary.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
September 28, 2007
Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
September 27, 2007
We see where this is going early on; by the end, despite the film's beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
September 27, 2007
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary about corruption, crime and human adaptation during difficult circumstances, is a slick, sly and beautifully shot documentary.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2007
A documentary that works like a puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 21, 2007
Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 21, 2007
With a keen eye for wide-screen imagery, Kohn captures the personalities of his interview subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 14, 2007
The movie has a great flashiness -- copter shots that swoop over Sao Paulo; swift, playful editing; and pop-operatic sequences driven by catchy songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 12, 2007
It's thrilling viewing throughout, but Kohn's talents don't yet match his ambitions.
Timothy Knight
September 8, 2007
In the end, Kohn's one-note approach diminishes, rather than intensifies, the impact of Manda Bala.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
September 8, 2007
The 'characters' in Manda Bala are lucid and deliberate as they tell their stories and relate their points-of-view, but it is the construction of the film that sets it apart and multiplies its impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 7, 2007
A predictable expose' of a foreign country with a dictatorship that encourages the most violent of crimes. But how far away is America?
| Original Score: 6/10
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