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Viva Riva! Reviews

August 18, 2011
A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2011
It feels so raw and urgent and real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 7, 2011
"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 23, 2011
The titular exclamation point promises exuberant fun that the movie delivers only in spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
June 9, 2011
A nastily effective, sociologically pungent genre piece...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
June 7, 2011
Too lazily indulges in shapeless genre excess.
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.
June 2, 2011
A bold crime action film that's vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic.