Miss Bala
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Miss Bala tells the story of Laura, a young woman whose aspirations of becoming a beauty queen turn against her, delivering her into the hands of a gang that's terrorizing northern Mexico. Although Laura succeeds in winning the beauty queen crown, her experiences as an unwilling participant in Mexico's violent war leave her shaken and transformed. -- (C) Fox International Productions
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Miss Bala is a tremendous cinematic achievement; both a stunning technical exercise in sustained tension and a rich allegory highlighting the hopeless scenario facing an entire society caught in the crossfire of a futile drug war"
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Sloppy writing and storytelling make the near two hour film seem far longer."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Sigman's tremulous, vivid performance anchors the movie. It's a knockout."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Boston Phoenix
"Maybe the film doesn't add up to quite as much as its talented director, Gerardo Naranjo, seems to have hoped, but it is tense and propulsive."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Naranjo numbs sensation to make his points about the drug war's damage to Mexico, turning Miss Bala into a thriller from the dissociative first person perspective."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"...it's clear Naranjo has a lot on his mind about the state his country has fallen into. If only he had a clearer narrative."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Provides a discomfortingly intimate glimpse into the complexities of the Mexican-U.S. drug trade. "Miss Bala" shouldn't be written off by adventurous moviegoers."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Miss Bala is full of virtuoso single-take tracking shots and over-the-shoulder perspectives that effectively convey a sense of menace and momentum."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
""Miss Bala" can't quite engage. It fires at the target. It makes a lot of noise. But it never quite hits the bull's eye."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"...an audacious yet hopelessly uninvolving art-house thriller that peters out significantly in the buildup to its anticlimactic finale."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You feel the movie's authenticity, throughout the ordeal that leaves Laura brutalized, terrified, confused, abandoned, with nowhere to turn."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The paranoia is contagious"
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
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