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Viva Riva! Reviews

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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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 4, 2011
It feels so raw and urgent and real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 7, 2011
"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.
Full Review | 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
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 22, 2011
You'll need some patience to wrangle with this conflicted beast, but it's never dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2011
A nastily effective, sociologically pungent genre piece...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 9, 2011
The Congolese writer and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga gives Viva Riva! a playful sensuality that goes a long way toward disguising formula.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 9, 2011
The debut of writer-director Djo Munga, who's from the DRC and studied filmmaking in Belgium, Viva Riva! has a sleek international sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
June 7, 2011
Too lazily indulges in shapeless genre excess.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 2, 2011
A blast from start to finish, writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva! marks the Congo as an African filmmaking center to watch.
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
June 2, 2011
A bold crime action film that's vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic.