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Miss Bala Reviews

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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
April 14, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 7, 2015
The ambiguity Mr. Naranjo has stripped away from Ms. Z˙˝iga's cautionary tale is hardly made up for on the back end.
October 27, 2011
Clumsy symbolism undermines a tenacious performance from Sigman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
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.
February 2, 2012
Sloppy writing and storytelling make the near two hour film seem far longer.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
September 8, 2017
Except for its disappointingly tapered ending, Miss Bala... is an impressive, anxiety-ridden crime drama that can join the ranks of some of the best in its genre, from two of Mexico's best talents.
Full Review | Original Score: +
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
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.
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 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-
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+
January 15, 2012
Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 3, 2012
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
January 17, 2012
Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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