Miss Bala Reviews

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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
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
April 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
October 27, 2011
Clumsy symbolism undermines a tenacious performance from Sigman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
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+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 2, 2012
Sloppy writing and storytelling make the near two hour film seem far longer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 20, 2012
"Miss Bala" can't quite engage. It fires at the target. It makes a lot of noise. But it never quite hits the bull's eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 3, 2012
...an audacious yet hopelessly uninvolving art-house thriller that peters out significantly in the buildup to its anticlimactic finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 29, 2011
Naranjo's tense, taunt and turbulent tale shrouded in beauty has a compellingly dangerous edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Top Critic
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.
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-
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+
Top Critic
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
January 15, 2012
Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
February 3, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic

New York Times
January 27, 2012
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