El Sicario, Room 164
El Sicario, Room 164 (2011)

In an anonymous motel room on the U.S./Mexico border, a Ciudad Juárez hitman speaks. He has killed hundreds of people and is an expert in torture and kidnapping. He was simultaneously on the payroll of the Mexican drug cartels and a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2014
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Mark Jenkins

The stories are horrific, if laced with Tarantino-style humor.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Finally less compelling for its random details of multiple brutalities than for its chilling portrait of a country irretrievably rotting from within.

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Gianfranco Rosi's extraordinary one-man documentary stares long and hard at the practiced but no less terrifying monologues of a Mexican hit man.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

El Sicario: Room 164 is an almost laughably simple, aggressively drab-looking film, but it packs a wallop.

Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

The film's sparse, almost banal presentation is a virtue, for to boldface the horrors under discussion would only trivialize or sensationalize them, as the Mexican murder magazines do.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...never dull thanks to the intrinsic interest of the subject matter and dramatic sense and disarming frankness of the narrator, whose attitude and lack of regrets could be summed up as "business is business."

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Rosi avoids all embellishments, such as re-creating some of the crimes. A wise choice, since the hit man's narration is compelling and frightening on its own.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Despite his repentance, you sense that this lost soul will be confessing his sins for all eternity.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This one-man dramatization is not a film, but surely an indictment. Rosi's 'grey zone where good and evil meet' is wide of the mark; this is pure evil.

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