Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) Synopsis
Seen through the eyes of wealthy businessmen, corruption and class warfare beleaguer Brazil.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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63

Chicago Tribune

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By the end, despite the film’s beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned.
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Amazing

By Alison Wholey
The style and structure of this documentary are truly amazing. The narrative plays so clearly and vibrantly, combining the comic and the tragic into an ironic truth. It is a captivating look into...

Great

By vdc2007
Eye-opening, but jarring images. Not for the squeamish....

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Rated NR