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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
October 28, 2011
[A] dizzying drug-war thriller...
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2011
A chilling, cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
October 28, 2011
It is at once an exciting thriller and angry social comment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 27, 2011
Shocking in both its grim authenticity and explosive stylisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
October 27, 2011
Clumsy symbolism undermines a tenacious performance from Sigman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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
October 8, 2011
Shootouts are sharp cracklings and deaths indiscriminate but without sensationalizing the gore.
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
October 6, 2011
It's a film that becomes almost numbing in its tone but it's incredibly well-made and performed.
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
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
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+
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-
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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