Viva Riva!
Viva Riva! (2011)

A small time hustler thinks he's got a big score ahead of him if he can stay out of the way of some underworld rivals in this stylish action drama from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Riva (Patsha Bay Mukana) is a guy who is smart,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 27, 2011
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Vibrant and violent, Viva Riva is a stylish, fast-paced crime drama.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Patsha Bay plays the macho title character, but the film belongs to sultry Manie Malone as the dancehall diva he aims to steal from the top mob boss. She makes even the act of applying lipstick spark with erotic electricity.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Meet Riva (the spectacular Patsha Bay), a man who thrives on scarcity: he smuggles gas, and has recently come upon a mother lode-which becomes, of course, a powder keg.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

It feels so raw and urgent and real.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.

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Dominic Corry

The alien environment makes Viva Riva! a fascinating watch.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pulsing with polyglot music and outlaw vigor, "Viva Riva!" is a raucous reply to the new world order.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The titular exclamation point promises exuberant fun that the movie delivers only in spots.

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Simon Foster

The film looks and feels like another Pulp Fiction clone at times, but what emerges is a far more thoughtful work that makes important (and surprisingly) salient points about the humanistic struggles of developing countries.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
This is a brutal and gripping Congolese neo-noir that does not invest as much in character development as it does in creating a raw atmosphere. An exciting,… More
Walter M.
Riva(Patsha Bay) is back in Kinshasa after ten years, having made a fabulous deal with the help of his business partner G.O.(Romain Ndomba) With plenty of… More