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Miss Bala Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
Miss Bala is a tremendous cinematic achievement; both a stunning technical exercise in sustained tension and a rich allegory highlighting the hopeless scenario facing an entire society caught in the crossfire of a futile drug war
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 10, 2012
Naranjo numbs sensation to make his points about the drug war's damage to Mexico, turning Miss Bala into a thriller from the dissociative first person perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
February 3, 2012
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 30, 2012
...it's clear Naranjo has a lot on his mind about the state his country has fallen into. If only he had a clearer narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 26, 2012
Maybe the film doesn't add up to quite as much as its talented director, Gerardo Naranjo, seems to have hoped, but it is tense and propulsive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 26, 2012
Miss Bala is full of virtuoso single-take tracking shots and over-the-shoulder perspectives that effectively convey a sense of menace and momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
January 26, 2012
Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 26, 2012
You feel the movie's authenticity, throughout the ordeal that leaves Laura brutalized, terrified, confused, abandoned, with nowhere to turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 26, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Patrick Z. McGavin
Boston Phoenix
January 24, 2012
Sigman's tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It's a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 23, 2012
Provides a discomfortingly intimate glimpse into the complexities of the Mexican-U.S. drug trade. "Miss Bala" shouldn't be written off by adventurous moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
January 22, 2012
The paranoia is contagious
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
January 20, 2012
The topical subject may draw larger-than-usual audiences, as will the undeniably formidable technical achievements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 20, 2012
This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2012
There is a larger message to be found here, but it never derails the taut vintage thriller that's been constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 19, 2012
It's an adventure story that could be called a contemporary picaresque if it weren't so deadly serious, and might be called fantastical if it weren't loosely based on a true story of a former Miss Hispanic America.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
January 19, 2012
unyielding in its very real terror
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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New York Times
January 27, 2012
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