88

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
As forceful as its title suggests, and sometimes unbelievably ballsy.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
There's no denying its grip: It is lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening.
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80

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Kohn’s gripping Manda Bala is the opposite of a high-school science doc. It’s a free-form portrait of a place--Brazil--with scary running motifs: kidnapping, mutilation, plastic surgery, bulletproofing, and frog farming.
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
There’s no denying the sharpness of his (Jason Kohn) insights into a society that hasn’t so much collapsed as reconstituted itself around venality, profiteering and rage.
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80

Village Voice

With an excess of excitable style, samba music, and heady, montage-driven metaphor that threatens to bury his film's key ideas, young-gun director Kohn--a New Yorker with South American roots--has clearly set out to make a splash. So far, he's succeeded.
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80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Gorgeous and terrifying.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The title is Portuguese for "send a bullet" and the clever American tag line is "the rich steal from the poor; the poor steal the rich."
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Although it is never explicitly stated, Manda Bala essentially argues that when the middle class disappears, the rich and the poor end up feeding on each other, like the frogs that go cannibalistic at the frog farm that gives the movie its central metaphor.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What the film does best is document the lengths to which people are going to protect themselves -- subcutaneous microchips for identification, ever-heavier armor for fancy cars.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By the end, despite the film’s beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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