100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Loosely based on real events, this harrowing, superbly made drama by fast-rising filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo (I'm Gonna Explode) is Mexico's 2012 submission for Best Foreign Language Film - rightfully so.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
No beauty contest has ever been more bizarre than the one in Gerardo Naranjo's shockingly powerful thriller.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

Fast and dangerous, Miss Bala is a hair-raising actioner.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Naranjo, a graduate of the American Film Institute, has a gift for staging action that defines character. The film is a harrowing experience. It cuts deep.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Bala, by the way, means "bullet." Laura Zúñiga, the real-life beauty queen on whom the film is loosely based, was called "Miss Narco" in the Mexican press.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Naranjo keeps the action tense but understated; instead of allowing explosions and shootouts to pile up, he rations them in taut doses.
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75

Boston Globe

By Loren King
Miss Bala signals the rise of a director to watch, as Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes.
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While Sigman conveys a credible state of tense disbelief throughout, it's increasingly frustrating to watch Laura so passively accept her dire fate.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.