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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A fast-moving Congolese crime thriller loaded with graphic sex and violence - basically an exploitation picture. But it's hard to surrender to the gritty flow because the story is stitched together from such crushingly familiar bits. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, Viva Riva becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Driven by its charismatic upstart gangster protagonist Riva, the film is one joyride that knows it will careen into a spectacular crash. Djo Tunda wa Munga captures the particular vibe released by this mixture of carpe diem and self-destructive instinct. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Martin Scorsese, meet Djo Tunda Wa Munga, because you obviously have a lot in common. Viva Riva! is nothing less than the Congolese Mean Streets, oozing sexual heat and brute violence and powered by a locomotive's worth of raw kinetic energy. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga deplores the corruption, gunplay, and oversexed misogyny plaguing his country - and he's going to show you as much of it as possible before the end credits roll. show more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine

    The near-slapstick escapes sit uneasily with the raw bits of very adult sex and cringe-worthy close-ups of brutality that dominate the rest of the proceedings. show more

  • 80
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    The first major motion picture to come out of Congo in decades happens to be one of the best neonoirs from anywhere in recent memory. show more

  • 60

    On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller Djo Munga is a director going places. show more

  • 60
    Tim Cogshell Boxoffice Magazine

    It takes from American gangster classics ("White Heat" and both "Scarface" films come to mind) but its unique setting and underlying themes give it distinction. show more

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