Miss Bala
Miss Bala (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Miss Bala's subject is loaded enough, but the frantic and muscular filmmaking puts this movie in a whole new league.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Naranjo is unflinching in his determination not to serve up mindless entertainment.

Loren King
Boston Globe

Naranjo offers a grim subject with neither flash nor sentiment. It is a sober film done with style.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Except for its disappointingly tapered ending, Miss Bala... is an impressive, anxiety-ridden crime drama that can join the ranks of some of the best in its genre, from two of Mexico's best talents.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

This strange and eerie noir is more a collection of knockout scenes than a fully realized story.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The ambiguity Mr. Naranjo has stripped away from Ms. Zúńiga's cautionary tale is hardly made up for on the back end.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Miss Bala is full of virtuoso single-take tracking shots and over-the-shoulder perspectives that effectively convey a sense of menace and momentum.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

"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.

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Richard Haridy

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
Miss Bala (Mexico's foreign film entry for 2011) is an unwavering, startling, and deeply tense movie about one woman's tragic and unwilling… More
Alec Barniskis
What I like most is that the audience possess the exact same amount of information as the central character does from beginning to end, which gives the film an… More
Walter M.
In "Miss Bala," Laura(Stephanie Sigman), a 23-year old shop girl, and her friend Suzu(Lakshmi Picazo) sign up for a beauty pageant, Miss Baja… More
Christopher Haskell
With tons of long take tracking shots and a subtle performance from Stephanie Sigman, Miss Bala displays the height of a war between a Mexican gang and the… More
John Ballantine
I could swear that I had already reviewed this piece but Flixster still has it on my "want to see" list so here we go again. With shades of Traffic… More
Nick Schiller
The film holds a good story, but the set pieces are conventional, and the cinematography can be pretty messy at times. The political ideals that the film takes… More