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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2007
Kohn has produced an astonishingly honest and frankly shocking documentary.
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
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
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.
September 21, 2007
A documentary that works like a puzzle.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 21, 2007
Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie.
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
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
September 12, 2007
It's thrilling viewing throughout, but Kohn's talents don't yet match his ambitions.
September 8, 2007
In the end, Kohn's one-note approach diminishes, rather than intensifies, the impact of Manda Bala.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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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