Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) Reviews

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August 21, 2019
[A] nervy and imaginative piece of filmmaking that, on a scene-by-scene basis, has trouble living up to its obvious ambition.
August 21, 2019
[Lopez] has such a strong command of mood, character and performances - especially impressive given the age of her cast - that her world quickly, seductively overwhelms.
August 20, 2019
While del Toro puts his characters into historical conflicts, López is right at home spinning a modern-day fairytale that directly addresses the cost of daily violence.
August 20, 2019
Thematically underdeveloped yet pleasingly creepy, "Tigers Are Not Afraid" balances its mild terrors with appealing moments of childish creativity.
September 25, 2018
López's fable has already drawn comparisons to Pan's Labyrinth, but has a phantasmagoric energy and modern urgency all its own.
December 2, 2017
A scary yet sometimes fanciful story of a little girl...like a dirtied-up Guillermo del Toro flick.
August 22, 2019
The child actors are all exceptional in this emotionally moving thriller that smoothly negotiates the supernatural and real world evil.
August 22, 2019
Dark, atmospheric fairy tale is too terrifying for kids.
August 21, 2019
Issa López's poetically haunting fairy-tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) addresses Mexico's ongoing drug-related violence with an unblinking brand of social realism.
August 20, 2019
Once we've plugged into the language of the movie and Estrella's world comes into proper focus, Tigers becomes a powerful metaphor for a troubled adolescence.
August 17, 2019
It never resolves its commingling of the fanciful and the mundane into a particularly coherent argument about the legacy of trauma.
August 8, 2019
It's disturbing, heartbreaking and frustrating, but at the same time, hopeful. The ending shocked me more than I can say, and I was left with a pit in my stomach for hours after the credits rolled.
May 16, 2019
Even though it's extremely sad, Tigers Are Not Afraid is uplifting, reminding us that perseverance in a hopeless situation can make a warrior of the most downtrodden.
February 3, 2019
Issa Lopez is an incredibly exciting filmmaker who, if there is any justice, will go onto have a career comparable to Guillermo del Toro.
February 3, 2019
The fantastic elements bring levity to the film's upsetting themes and plot developments, helping writer/director Issa Lopez and her young protagonists soar.
December 27, 2018
A bold piece of magical realism that takes an unflinching look at the horrors of Mexico's drug war
November 20, 2018
A carefully crafted, tragic tale of survival amid violent and horrific acts witnessed from the perspective of a child who is caught in the crossfire.
November 1, 2018
Not even children are spared in this gritty Mexican fantasy-thriller.
October 20, 2018
On the evidence of her first film, [director Issa Lopez] has a phenomenal career ahead of her, and it will be fascinating to see what she does next.
October 14, 2018
...the picture grows less and less interesting as it progresses...
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