• Released
  • June 10, 2011
  • (Limited 6/10)
  • R , 1 hr 36 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Viva Riva! Synopsis
Riva plans to steal fuel to sell for a huge profit and has to fend off all types of crooks.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Driven by its charismatic upstart gangster protagonist Riva, the film is one joyride that knows it will careen into a spectacular crash....
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Time Out New York

By Eric Hynes
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.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Martin Scorsese, meet Djo Tunda Wa Munga, because you obviously have a lot in common. Viva Riva! is nothing less than the Congolese Mean...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga deplores the corruption, gunplay, and oversexed misogyny plaguing his country - and he's going to show...
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Tim Cogshell
It takes from American gangster classics ("White Heat" and both "Scarface" films come to mind) but its unique setting and underlying themes...
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On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller Djo Munga is a director going places.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A fast-moving Congolese crime thriller loaded with graphic sex and violence - basically an exploitation picture. But it's hard to surrender...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, Viva Riva becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks.
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Slant Magazine

The near-slapstick escapes sit uneasily with the raw bits of very adult sex and cringe-worthy close-ups of brutality that dominate the rest...
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Limited Release Movies Suck!

By wfrank
Movie looks great by all accounts. It still sucks because only a chosen few are allowed to see limited release movies. Put these movies close to my home town and maybe I'll have a different opinion!...

By jkendall211
I'm not sure on the entire movie, but the trailer looks great!...

Rumble in the Jungle II

By RLJsax
VIva Riva is an excellent movie. Not a bad note to complain about. A must see movie!...

Decent movie

By yabbadabbamoo
Basically an African "Reservoir Dogs"-type movie. Interesting to see Kinshasa, Congo as the listed site of the movie. Good carefree, I don't give a **** style acting by the lead character who...

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Rated R | For Strong sexuality, graphic nudity, brutal violence, language and some drug use