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Viva Riva! Reviews

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Ilya Tovbis
Slant Magazine
June 9, 2011
The landscape may have changed, but Viva Riva!'s story is a familiar one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 10, 2011
Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, "Viva Riva" becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 22, 2011
Unfortunately, none of the characters is particularly sympathetic...
| Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 7, 2011
Too lazily indulges in shapeless genre excess.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 16, 2011
Despite a nifty final twist and a willingness to dispense with a few taboos, it fails to establish a consistent rhythm.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2011
The titular exclamation point promises exuberant fun that the movie delivers only in spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
June 30, 2011
Congolese gangster film goes in too many directions at once
Michael Leader
Little White Lies
June 23, 2011
This insight into the aimless hedonism of young punks could be cutting, but the film doesn't dig beneath Riva's Jack-the-Lad charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Violet Lucca
The L Magazine
June 6, 2016
One of the most vivid, ambitious cinematic offerings of 2011.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
June 8, 2011
The first major motion picture to come out of Congo in decades happens to be one of the best neonoirs from anywhere in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dominic Corry
January 5, 2012
The alien environment makes Viva Riva! a fascinating watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
June 22, 2011
Viva Riva! has energy and pace, it's a pretty creditable attempt at a Congolese The Harder They Come, a blaxploitation Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It's fun.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 18, 2011
A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Foster
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.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 24, 2011
An energetic, boldly entertaining variation on the gangster genre, with local flavor that just won't quit.
June 2, 2011
Viva Riva makes good use of this richness, the ferocity of its characters and also dazzles the camera with a great number of very sensual lovemaking scenes.
| Original Score: B+
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2011
Riva's a gritty get-down that'll hit you in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
August 5, 2011
A wild and seductive crime thriller, Viva Riva! is a promising early step for Congolese pulp cinema.
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
June 10, 2011
Part African noir and part concise summation of busy, heady life in modern-day Kinshasa.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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