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Miss Bala Reviews

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January 19, 2012
"Miss Bala" is a portrait of a young woman who is at once terribly vulnerable and improbably brave. It's equally a vision of a vulnerable society on the road to anarchy.
January 19, 2012
An urgent dispatch from the sidelines of the drug war that consumes our southern neighbor.
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January 19, 2012
While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny.
January 19, 2012
[A] well-shot, bluntly propulsive thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2012
The Mexican film, inexplicably left off the short list for the foreign-language Oscar, is a high-speed action tale, told through the eyes of a helpless victim
January 19, 2012
In the vision of this ruthless and abundantly talented young director, life in Tijuana isn't merely as bad as you think. It's worse.
January 18, 2012
Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 18, 2012
Gerardo Naranjo may have made the least-glamorous movie ever about a pageant queen with "Miss Bala."
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2012
Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.
January 17, 2012
There's a wild, Miami Blues-like dreaminess to the movie that's addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 16, 2012
Announcing the arrival of a new directorial talent, Miss Bala is a powerfully haunting crime-thriller, which could be taken realistically as well as allegorically.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 15, 2012
Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2012
Miss Bala is a terrifying tale of a beauty contest that ends in horror... The film is a harrowing experience. It cuts deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2012
[VIDEO] Treating dramatic convention like it was industrial garbage director/co-writer Gerardo Naranjo's attempt at agitprop cinema is a frustrating mess.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
January 9, 2012
With the blistering firecracker that is Miss Bala, next-gen Mexican director and AFI grad Gerardo Naranjo delivers on the promise of such well-respected early pics as Drama/Mex and I'm Gonna Explode.
January 9, 2012
The film's pace races through events in a chain of escalating violence, tension, smoke and gunfire.
January 6, 2012
Mexico's official Oscar entry for best foreign-language film presents startling iconography with its star, Stephanie Sigman, emblematic of the country's current problems of drug cartels and weapons trafficking.
November 6, 2011
[T}here is a whole lotta frustration to be found in a movie about... a woman forced to play men's games who doesn't fight back... not even a little.
October 31, 2011
Sigman's turn is committed and the set-pieces harrowing, but sympathy soon gives way to shellshock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 30, 2011
This terrifying thriller immerses you from beginning to end...
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