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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego 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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are no good guys in Miss Bala, just bad guys of different stripes. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Sigman conveys a credible state of tense disbelief throughout, it's increasingly frustrating to watch Laura so passively accept her dire fate. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

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

  • 75
    Loren King Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    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. show more

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