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Secuestro Express Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
December 6, 2005
As a kidnap thriller, Secuestro Express is a complete bore, but what's worse is that it occasionally seems to imagine it's making a point.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 1, 2005
An unpleasant watch that showed how sleazy films can get in trying to imitate reality and Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 5, 2006
From a filmmaking angle, it's a movie to be studied, but from a writing angle, it could have been so much better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 4, 2005
So relentlessly violent and grim that it makes you yearn for a purifying shower.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nona Willis-Aronowitz
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
As social commentary, Secuestro Express doesn't go much further than regurgitating character types (poor little rich girl, thief with heart of gold) and reminding us of Caracas's class differences.
Timothy Knight
August 5, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 14, 2005
Immoral and aesthetically bankrupt, Secuestro Express allows first-time director Jonathan Jakubowicz to exploit and sell out his Venezuelan culture.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 19, 2006
From beginning to end, Secuestro Express proves an obnoxious mess determinedly employing the kidnapping conceit it laments to stimulate popcorn movie sentiments.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 5, 2005
It's a skillfully made film, but not especially fun to watch
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2005
Secuestro Express seems less interested in dramatizing the crushing inequities of that nation than in serving up hefty doses of sadism and titillation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
Inspite of its honorable intent to explore Venezuela's poverty and crime problems, this MTV-like film is so poorly made that it almost comes across as exploitation flick
Read More | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2005
Too often, though, Jakubowicz falls back on his relentlessly pirouetting DV camera, attention-deficient editing and ear-splitting sound effects as a substitute for real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 4, 2005
While the cross-section of characters may be too simply drawn, filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz still gives us a heady, speed-freak trip along the streets of a wild, impoverished city.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 5, 2005
Jakubowicz will undoubtedly become a filmmaker to follow, as soon as he understands what he wants to say -- not just how loud he wants to say it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
Part exploitation thriller and part sociopolitical statement, Secuestro Express is a little too enamored of its own gangsta cool to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
Secuestro Express leaves you feeling like a bit of a hostage yourself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 7, 2005
The film may have pretentions to social relevance ... and it may style itself as fearless realism, but it's basically 90 minutes of sadism directed toward the audience.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 10, 2005
Secuestro Express is a wake-up call for wealthy clubgoers who party in the slums of Caracas. For anyone else, it's bad pulp that glorifies 'gangster' culture.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 13, 2005
Like swimming in sewage for an hour an a half--which may be the intention, but is still neither a terribly pleasurable or edifying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C

E! Online
August 5, 2005
Express is mostly an excuse for excessive style.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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