Viva (2007)

Writer and director Anna Biller takes a swingin' look back at sexploitation cinema of the '70s in this candy-colored comedy drama. Barbi (Anna Biller) is a beautiful but blasť suburban housewife whose handsome mate, Rick (Chad… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it's lengthy and doesn't always walk the line between schlock and kitschy homage successfully, Viva's lovely visuals and knowing humor are undeniable.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

At an epic two hours the stilted dialogue and eye-scorchingly oversaturated film stock threaten to test the patience. But as a self-conscious exercise in kitsch graverobbing, 'Viva' succeeds.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

With its copious nudity and zipless hedonism, Viva, though unduly long, is a crafty reminder of a time when the X rating was flaunted, not feared.

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Edward Porter
Times [UK]

There is barely an out and-out gag - and certainly none that's funny - in the whole two hours of deliberately bad acting.

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Rafer Guzman

You can't create camp on purpose.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It takes skill -- a certain sly, even perverse nimbleness of craft -- to make an homage to schlock movies that treats them as works of art. Viva, written and directed by its star, Anna Biller, could just about be the third featurette in Grindhouse.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Viva lasts a staggering two hours (the audience does the staggering) and it doesn't merely end up an embarrassing bore, it gets there within a couple of minutes of the opening.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The movie isn't comfortable or wholly successful.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The movie pops with parodic joy--in the hoary double-entendres and presentational acting styles--and hotly lighted 35-millimeter cinematography that evokes lounge music album covers and Playboy ads.

Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

The plywood acting's pretty funny, as is the coy sex; what amazes is the beautifully lurid, near-fetishistic set design. At two hours, it's an in-joke over-indulged, and it's so camp the camera's practically winking, but minor cultdom beckons.

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