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The Devil's Miner Reviews

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 21, 2006
A work of noble intentions that's aesthetically slight and low in contextual carbs and righteous indignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
San Francisco Bay View
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
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 18, 2006
An unflinching, unforgettable glimpse at two boys who have been aged beyond their years by grinding work that they must endure for the faint hope of a different future.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 22, 2006
This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
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
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2006
This is social documentary at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Harvey S. Karten
February 16, 2006
A gruesome look at child labor in the Bolivian silver
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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
Luke Y. Thompson
October 25, 2006
A horror movie? Nope -- documentary. Though there is, I think, a good horror movie to be made here.
Rachel Gordon
March 9, 2006
provokes genuine concern for their plight and a sense of overwhelming doom
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 17, 2006
Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children -- and, for that matter, adults -- are exploited by mining companies.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: B+
Louis Proyect
February 20, 2006
Powerful study of child labor in Bolivia, as well as the role of indigenous beliefs in sustaining the community based on the nearly exhausted silver mines.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 10, 2006
Though they're telling a story of potentially deadly child labor, filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani never amp up the drama, wisely preferring a straightforward approach that respects the bleak reality of their subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Deborah Young
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.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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