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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Setting it against the backdrop of a wanton city under siege, Schroeder crafts a film of whiplash urgency. show more

  • 75
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A marvelous film. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The movie itself IS dull, however. The characters never engage our interest, and the relentless violence grows monotonous. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The intimate love story is overwhelmed by the carnage. It may be an accurate picture of life in Medellin, but it's not convincing. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's title is appropriate. A desperate Catholicism flavors the doomed city. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In a film overstuffed with tragedy, the most painful one might be the gradual transformation of Fernando's moral and intellectual indignation into a weary, cynical detachment. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    Plays like a dislocated version of ''Death in Venice,'' but in a dryer, higher climate that features exponentially more firepower. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    The director's return home here parallels that of Fernando, metaphorically and artistically. Our Lady of the Assassins is a film of clarity, feeling and electric intensity. show more

  • 50
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Flat dialogue and stiff performances (especially by the street kids, like Ballesteros, turned into actors by Schroeder) don't help. show more

  • 50
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The blend of chic histrionics and ultra-bright daylight imagery make much of the movie resemble a network soap opera with an on-location interlude. It looks as cheap as life is held in Medellin. show more

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