Narco Cultura Reviews

December 13, 2013
Photojournalist Shaul Schwarz's powerful documentary Narco Cultura gets inside the world of two men who, in very different ways, inhabit this horror.
December 6, 2013
This issue-based journalism piece yields diminishing returns the deeper it digs.
December 6, 2013
An eye-opening examination of Mexico's blood-soaked drug war and its unsettling pop-culture side effects, Narco Cultura is as overwhelming as it is absorbing.
December 6, 2013
This haunting documentary contrasts songs saluting Mexican drug lords as heroic bandits with the harrowing reality of life in murder-stained Juarez.
December 5, 2013
This dispassionate but devastating film looks at the drug wars from two very different but chillingly complementary perspectives.
December 5, 2013
After watching "Narco Cultura," it's hard to imagine any "recreational" user of pot wondering whether the joint he or she just smoked isn't soaked in human blood.
December 5, 2013
"Narco Cultura" aims to tell the story of what's happened in Juarez and in Mexico (and, by virtue of its immense appetite for drugs, the U.S.). Instead, it feels more like a couple of intriguing chapters.
November 25, 2013
"Narco Cultura" shows us two nations locked in an expensive and destructive war whose only winners are the politicians, police chiefs and drug lords, and whose losers lie in marble tombs and paupers' graves all over Mexico.
November 22, 2013
The people in this documentary are beautiful, funny, flawed, desperate, intelligent, deluded... In other words, it never forgets that these are questions for all of us.
November 21, 2013
There is nothing here that hasn't been more thoroughly documented in other studies of the drug-related crime that grips Juárez.
Top Critic
November 21, 2013
"I think we can be the next hip hop," boasts a narcocorrido impresario, who's surely kidding himself.
November 21, 2013
South of the border, the constant terror of bloody battles over drugs and territory has influenced music, movies and a level of star worship. But the glimpses we get here are a bit listless.
November 21, 2013
Narco Cultura shows in fascinating detail how these merciless killers who have taken over the city have become Robin Hood-style folk heroes.
November 21, 2013
Both an unflinching record of Mexico's drug war and an investigation of how violence becomes unreal and glamorized.
November 21, 2013
A potent encapsulation of how fame and finance beget fear and grief.
November 19, 2013
Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero's growing success as one of the subgenre's stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works.
November 19, 2013
The breadth of director Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura is staggering.