(2011)

Critic Reviews

80

Metascore

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100
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.
80
No beauty contest has ever been more bizarre than the one in Gerardo Naranjo's shockingly powerful thriller.
80
Fast and dangerous, Miss Bala is a hair-raising actioner.
80
There's a wild, "Miami Blues"-like dreaminess to the movie that's addictive. If anything, it shows up exactly what "Little Miss Sunshine" lacked: plenty of ammo.
75
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.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
75
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.
75
There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes.
75
Naranjo keeps the action tense but understated; instead of allowing explosions and shootouts to pile up, he rations them in taut doses.
63
This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.
60
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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