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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
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 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
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
August 31, 2007
Made with energy and style...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
August 30, 2007
Kohn's genius for access is astonishing.
August 29, 2007
Lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 17, 2007
A weird hybrid of political exposé and sensationalistic fluff.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2007
Kohn takes seemingly disjointed and mildly bizarre elements to create a crafty, infuriating portrait of a society seemingly poised, like a scorpion, to be consumed by its own toxins.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 16, 2007
Kohn's film brilliantly depicts the Brazilian financial capital of São Paulo as a hallucinatory Blade Runner realm of the present.
August 14, 2007
With an excess of excitable style, samba music, and heady, montage-driven metaphor that threatens to bury his film's key ideas, young-gun director Kohn So far, he's succeeded.
August 13, 2007
Once you get past the gore, Manda Bala makes a powerful statement about the consequences of wanting the good life at any cost.
August 13, 2007
Jason Kohn's gripping Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) is the opposite of a high-school science doc.
January 30, 2007
Crammed into a lively 85-minute package delivered with loads of dark humor and cinematic flair.