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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    As forceful as its title suggests, and sometimes unbelievably ballsy. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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." show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

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

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    There's no denying its grip: It is lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Gorgeous and terrifying. show more

  • 80
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    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. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

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