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Narco Cultura


Rated R for grisly graphic images of disturbing violent content, drug material, language and brief nudity.

R In Theaters 11/22/2013 , 103min.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Interesting as it is, Narco Cultura aims to tell the story of what’s happened in Juarez and in Mexico (and, by virtue of its immense appetite for drugs, the U.S.). Instead, it feels more like a couple of intriguing chapters. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero’s growing success as one of the subgenre’s stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
The dissection and discussion, though well-intentioned, winds up lifeless. Full Review
Justin Lowe
The Hollywood Reporter
Passably absorbing to start, Shaul Schwarz’s examination of the issues surrounding Mexican and immigrant musicians who glorify drug lords and their exploits gradually bogs down in repetition and narrative inertia. Full Review
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
Narco Cultura smartly and movingly focuses on the cultural cycle of violence, beginning with a young, Los Angeles-based rapper, Edgar Quintero, whose main job is penning lyrics celebrating the orgiastically violent lifestyles of the drug thugs for his band Buknas de Culiacán. Full Review

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