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  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    While political and social context is kept to a minimum, the darkly poetic images they capture speak volumes about what the miners go through. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Basilio narrates his tale with such wit and wisdom that one comes away from the film wondering how much youthful potential is slowly being choked to death deep within the bowels of the earth. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Guaranteed to leave you outraged at the way children - and, for that matter, adults - are exploited by mining companies. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    This beautiful, terrible story is not easily forgotten. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    It's a simple film with a direct message, but the glimpses of the surrounding social culture that has adapted to the horrors give this Third World "How Green Was My Valley" its identity. show more

  • 100
    Carina Chocano Los Angeles Times

    15 minutes into it, you are spellbound, heartbroken and unaccountably cheered -- your faith and admiration in humanity restored. show more

  • 80
    Deborah Young Variety

    An unforgettable journey through hell under the earth, where Satan is worshipped as king. Straight-as-an-arrow filmmaking raises this docu above the crowd. show more

  • 80
    Chicago Reader

    A powerful indictment of the horrendous treatment of children who toil in hellish Bolivian silver mines. The filmmakers are better at fashioning haunting images than offering hard-nosed analysis, yet they never sentimentalize their young protagonists' plight. show more

  • 70
    Ernest Hardy L.A. Weekly

    It’s the captured conversations about everyday lives and struggles that pin you to your seat. show more

  • 70
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Perhaps little more than an object lesson in the end, the movie's nevertheless a sobering day trip, more for its hints of a forgotten history of culture collision than its sensible but rote socioeconomic sympathies. show more

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