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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The dissection and discussion, though well-intentioned, winds up lifeless. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Set to Jeremy Turner's spare and mournful score, Narco Cultura is ultimately more pensive than lurid. show more

  • 81
    William Goss

    A potent encapsulation of how fame and finance beget fear and grief. show more

  • 100
    Steven Boone

    Just over the Mexico/U.S. border from Juarez is El Paso, Texas, ranked the safest large city in America three years in a row now. The question that that fact begs is in part why this film is a quietly subversive masterpiece. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Narco Cultura isn’t a documentary about runaway crime: Its actual subject is far stranger. show more

  • 75
    Tomas Hachard Slant Magazine

    Director Shaul Schwarz, sans judgment, presents us with two men who epitomize how accepted and engrained narco culture has become in Mexico. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 80
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    Narco Cultura makes it abundantly, forcefully clear that the illicit business of narcocorridos thrives on the illicit business of cartels—and business is still booming. show more

  • 60
    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. show more

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