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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The great strength of the film is that it is difficult to know where cinema verite leaves off and fiction begins. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Rios is the glue that holds Johannesson's neither-fish-nor-fowl film together. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    Their film is a rarity in that Rios emerges as a vibrant, reflective woman, an individual who refuses to be defined by her transsexuality. show more

  • 70
    Variety

    Likeable if rambling first feature by Icelandic helmer Olaf de Fleur Johannesson ("Africa United") evinces the helmer's background in documaking, and reps a kind of quasi-doc itself with real-life trannies riffing on their own personas. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    Mildly engrossing, building to a final-act clash between First and Third worlds that is riveting and highly uncomfortable to watch. show more

  • 40
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    It's like being trapped in a roomful of teenage girls for 80 minutes. show more

  • 75
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Queen Raquela's plotty elements don't always work: The acting in the story-driving scenes sometimes comes off as amateurish, and the circumstances that send Rios halfway around the world seem contrived. But de Fleur gets an astonishingly good performance from Stefan C. Schaefer. show more

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