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The Devil's Miner Reviews

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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
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
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
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.
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
March 22, 2006
This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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 28, 2006
This is social documentary at its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 16, 2006
A gruesome look at child labor in the Bolivian silver
Full Review | Original Score: B
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 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
October 25, 2006
A horror movie? Nope -- documentary. Though there is, I think, a good horror movie to be made here.
March 9, 2006
provokes genuine concern for their plight and a sense of overwhelming doom
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 29, 2017
The filmmakers are better at fashioning haunting images than offering hard-nosed analysis, yet they never sentimentalize their young protagonists' plight.
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+
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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