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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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 3, 2007
This is a mesmerizing, tense, exciting documentary that makes one appreciate life in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 31, 2007
Made with energy and style...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2007
Artful editing, an electric samba soundtrack and harrowingly grainy ransom videos give Manda Bala a formal kick that's rare in a documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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