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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
Edward Douglas
August 16, 2007
Tends to be rather disparate and all over the place ... examines the problems without offering any form of solution.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Barsanti
August 16, 2007
borders on thoughtless
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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
Timothy Knight
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
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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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 22, 2007
The concerns of 'Manda Bala' are admirable, but its selective reality is so far from almost any viewer's conceivable experience as to verge on caricature.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2007
Shunning depth for cosmetic thrills, Kohn doesn't ask us to seriously think about Brazil's contemporary malaise, only to groove to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 21, 2007
Peculiar structural decisions result in a documentary that alternates between mildly informative and grossly voyeuristic.
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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 30, 2007
Kohn's genius for access is astonishing.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 30, 2007
The director, a New Yorker of South American extraction named Jason Kohn, serves up a bewildering, yet seldom uninteresting, assortment of subjects.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 21, 2007
A documentary that works like a puzzle.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Bill Gibron
August 24, 2007
Even with its occasional faults, Manda Bala does what documentaries do best - illuminate an intellectual or social situation that our otherwise narrow Western viewpoint would never even consider.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
August 16, 2007
The picture walks on air describing inexcusable violations of political faith and public safety, brilliantly forming a claustrophobic visual representation of a country struggling to live under the growing cancer of crime.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
July 17, 2007
Manda Bala effectively captures the enormous class divide in Third World Brazil, and the unarticulated simmering class tensions that the oblivious upper classes seem to take pains in denying.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
Mark R. Leeper
August 13, 2007
In an account that is by turns funny, shocking, and revolting, director Jason Kohn documents the state of modern-day Brazil, ravaged by poverty, horrendous crime, and political corruption.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
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