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Miss Bala Reviews

February 2, 2012
Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 19, 2012
An urgent dispatch from the sidelines of the drug war that consumes our southern neighbor.
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January 19, 2012
While it may not tell the whole story of Mexican life, it clearly captures a truth nobody can deny.
January 19, 2012
[A] well-shot, bluntly propulsive thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2012
In the vision of this ruthless and abundantly talented young director, life in Tijuana isn't merely as bad as you think. It's worse.
January 18, 2012
Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 18, 2012
Gerardo Naranjo may have made the least-glamorous movie ever about a pageant queen with "Miss Bala."
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 17, 2012
Miss Bala is a work of impressionistic reportage, built out of artfully crammed widescreen compositions and bravura long tracking shots.
January 17, 2012
There's a wild, Miami Blues-like dreaminess to the movie that's addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2012
Sigman's performance is, literally, the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2012
Miss Bala is a terrifying tale of a beauty contest that ends in horror... The film is a harrowing experience. It cuts deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2012
With the blistering firecracker that is Miss Bala, next-gen Mexican director and AFI grad Gerardo Naranjo delivers on the promise of such well-respected early pics as Drama/Mex and I'm Gonna Explode.
January 9, 2012
The film's pace races through events in a chain of escalating violence, tension, smoke and gunfire.
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
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