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September 29, 2017
The filmmakers are better at fashioning haunting images than offering hard-nosed analysis, yet they never sentimentalize their young protagonists' plight.
June 16, 2007
This documentary which exposes the twin evils of child labor and silver mining, is a most powerful expose' of an ongoing, mass-scale human tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 1, 2007
The flawless progress of this documentary lies in the filmmakers' unwavering fealty to their subjects.
October 25, 2006
A horror movie? Nope -- documentary. Though there is, I think, a good horror movie to be made here.
July 6, 2006
The film has a tendency to repeat itself, even within its short running time of 82 minutes, but is still able to express a sincere sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 19, 2006
A mesmerizing documentary both exotic and sad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2006
It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give (it) its identity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 11, 2006
It's a testament to the filmmakers' subtle storytelling skill that we come to see these boys as heroes as well as victims.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2006
This is social documentary at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 28, 2006
A role-model of a boy with the great skill to articulate his impressive determination and plan for self-improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2006
... visually beautiful, unforced essay on legacies of colonialism.
March 28, 2006
While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through.
March 25, 2006
At times it feels as if not cameras but the audience has been transported to the high mountains of Potosi, Bolivia -- and not so much physically but somehow spiritually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 22, 2006
This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 17, 2006
Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2006
Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children -- and, for that matter, adults -- are exploited by mining companies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2006
Directors Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani go underground themselves to expose a form of near-slavery instituted by the Spanish conquistadors more than four centuries ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 15, 2006
Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani's documentary The Devil's Miner is so polished that it might pass for a scripted narrative feature, but that's not a bad thing.
Read More | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
March 14, 2006
A sobering day trip, more for its hints of a forgotten history of culture collision than its sensible but rote socioeconomic sympathies.
March 10, 2006
A study in courage and harrowing portrait of a 14-year-old boy who works in a Bolivian silver mine, The Devil's Miner is an unforgettable journey through hell under the earth, where Satan is worshipped as king.
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