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Miss Bala Reviews

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October 29, 2011
Naranjo's tense, taunt and turbulent tale shrouded in beauty has a compellingly dangerous edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 28, 2011
[A] dizzying drug-war thriller...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
October 28, 2011
A chilling, cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Cronin
Electric Sheep
October 28, 2011
It's a gripping story told in the style of a very un-Hollywood thriller, with the action and suspense stemming from a disturbingly realistic portrayal of violence.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 28, 2011
It is at once an exciting thriller and angry social comment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 27, 2011
Shocking in both its grim authenticity and explosive stylisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 27, 2011
s Bala is well made, and conceived as something different from the self-conscious pastiche-homage of Rodriguez or Tarantino. It is trying pretty hard for its effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
October 27, 2011
Violent, loud, frequently thrilling, it whips effectively from super-real scenes of random murder under the blue blur of strip lights to characters gazing sadly out to sea, which crashes eternally on to perfect beaches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
October 27, 2011
Clumsy symbolism undermines a tenacious performance from Sigman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 25, 2011
All the more disarming for the fact that it takes place in a society where politics appears redundant and money and power are gained through violent, minutely orchestrated coups.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
October 23, 2011
That innocuous title disguises a Mexican thriller with genuine bite, though the hokey ending doesn't quite live up to the edgy plotting and Sigman's classy turn as a tough heroine in an impossible situation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephanie Zacharek
October 13, 2011
Naranjo keeps the action tense but understated; instead of allowing explosions and shootouts to pile up, he rations them in taut doses.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 8, 2011
Shootouts are sharp cracklings and deaths indiscriminate but without sensationalizing the gore.
Matthew Turner
October 6, 2011
Gripping and heart-breaking in equal measure, this is an impressively directed and superbly acted thriller that plays like a collaboration between the Dardennes Brothers and Michael Mann.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
October 6, 2011
It's a film that becomes almost numbing in its tone but it's incredibly well-made and performed.
Phil Coldiron
Slant Magazine
September 30, 2011
Unlike Terri, the latest, most commercial venture from his friend and AFI schoolmate Azazel Jacobs, Miss Bala doesn't sublimate Gerardo Naranjo's strengths into a commercially viable package.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 29, 2011
With Miss Bala Naranjo rebels against genre classification altogether, wrapping his political commentary about malevolence in modern Mexico within a thriller framework that also puts a neatly bleak twist on the underdog-wins-competition cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Drew McWeeny
September 17, 2011
Miss Bala is one of the highlights of the year so far for me, a powerful experience, and Naranjo is, without a doubt, a born filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 10, 2011
Though it toes a delicate line between exploitation movie and movie about exploitation, that's part of what gives the film its charge.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
An always violent, often surreal ride through the thickets of widespread corruption, with the audience sometimes left as confused and disoriented as the poor girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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