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A man with a secret forms an uneasy alliance with an opportunistic reporter in this drama from Mexico. Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo) is a broadcast journalist for a Latin-American tabloid television series who has been sent to Ecuador to cover the funeral services of three children who fell victim to a mass murderer known as "the Monster of Babahoyo." Shortly after Bonilla finishes interviewing a young mourner, the child is struck by a car driven by Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar), a traveling salesman who pedals bibles. The crowd assembled to pay their respects flies into a rage,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A riveting exploration of good and evil where the line between the two is unclear."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Proceeds breathlessly and hysterically towards a story that in the end, seems to have hardly left the finish line."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"...thoroughly underwhelming and surprisingly dull."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[Helmer] Cordero tries to humanize his monster and, as such, takes the wind out of Cronicas's sails."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"A blunt instrument of a tale, with considerable emotional impact."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Leguizamo tackles his first Spanish-language role with considerable aplomb."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Ecuadoran filmmaker Sebastian Cordero certainly has style to burn and has some intriguing opinions on the news media, though he could have left out some of the more melodramatic plot elements."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters."
‑ Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"This suspenseful film and its star are as sharp as razors as they delve into the dark corners of life."
‑ Lindy T. Shepherd, Orlando Weekly
"What should be the movie's strength, the mano-a-mano psychological sparring between Manolo and Vinicio, fizzles out with a dispiriting and easily anticipated ending."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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