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Viva Riva! Reviews

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June 10, 2016
What more can you ask from a gangster thriller than kinky sex, extreme violence, comical playfulness and soulful music?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 6, 2016
One of the most vivid, ambitious cinematic offerings of 2011.
May 3, 2015
Pulpy flourishes lend it the crude spirit of a Warner Brothers gangster picture from the 1930s, albeit one with an unexpectedly carnal edge.
November 7, 2013
Meet Riva (the spectacular Patsha Bay), a man who thrives on scarcity: he smuggles gas, and has recently come upon a mother lode-which becomes, of course, a powder keg.
January 5, 2012
The alien environment makes Viva Riva! a fascinating watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2011
The film looks and feels like another Pulp Fiction clone at times, but what emerges is a far more thoughtful work that makes important (and surprisingly) salient points about the humanistic struggles of developing countries.
October 1, 2011
Both exotic and engaging, with an earthy edge. But it also has a sophisticated side
September 24, 2011
Worth checking out just based on the rarity of a movie with an empathetic black protagonist even being made about the Congo. The un-Tarzan!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2011
A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2011
What Munga has to say in this feature directorial debut is delivered via a quick-paced, gritty crime story that is both entertaining and enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 5, 2011
A wild and seductive crime thriller, Viva Riva! is a promising early step for Congolese pulp cinema.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 4, 2011
It feels so raw and urgent and real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2011
Antoine Roch's digital photography is one of the film's strong points-it takes you right into the action from the opening scene...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 21, 2011
Pulsing with polyglot music and outlaw vigor, "Viva Riva!" is a raucous reply to the new world order.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2011
Patsha Bay plays the macho title character, but the film belongs to sultry Manie Malone as the dancehall diva he aims to steal from the top mob boss. She makes even the act of applying lipstick spark with erotic electricity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2011
There's a ton of stuff going on in "Viva Riva!" but it's always willing to pause for a steamy sex scene.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2011
"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 6, 2011
Riva's a gritty get-down that'll hit you in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 1, 2011
Writer-director Djo Munga brings Kinshasa to rumbustious life, and should he devote the same attention to character and dialogue he may be a talent to reckon with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2011
Congolese gangster film goes in too many directions at once
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