Bacurau (Nighthawk) Reviews

September 23, 2019
The light touches of science fiction evoke present-day depravities, and the vision of local unity offers a thrillingly imaginative playbook for resistance.
September 11, 2019
Survival classic The Most Dangerous Game gets a nod from this thriller by Kleber Mendonca Filho (Neighboring Sounds) and Juliano Dornelles, and so does the sci-fi horror genre.
September 8, 2019
A crazy genre hybrid that exudes the confidence of the people who made it.
September 7, 2019
Part siege movie, part rural drama, part gore-soaked freak-out, Bacurau is the one instance where it's the destination, not the journey, that matters.
August 9, 2019
A familiar premise is given new and unsettling life.
May 20, 2019
Some bits definitely work better than others, but there is definitely no wilder film.
May 18, 2019
Bacurau is so determined to make its political point that it doesn't fully cohere as drama, and the Americans are grossly caricatured. But it's quite the hallucination.
May 16, 2019
Indeed, in its keen attention to rural lore, pageantry, music and ritual, Bacurau seems like a conscious reversion to the films of Brazil's Cinema Novo of the sixties and seventies.
May 16, 2019
It's quite a brew, rich and extremely filling, but also chunky and uneven; it leaves your stomach in knots and your head in a very strange place.
Top Critic
May 16, 2019
This truly unhinged genre fusion initially promises a very different kind of movie than what it becomes.
May 16, 2019
Screen wipes, slow fades, and other expressive inflections help ease "Bacurau" out of its starting register, playfully moving the story forward with a wink to the past.
May 16, 2019
The audience at my screening didn't know whether to laugh or cheer. So instead, they did both.
May 16, 2019
It all amounts to one sublimely unusual beast, a radical departure for Mendonça while at the same time tethered to his ongoing interest in orneriness and its limited utility.
May 16, 2019
Though handsome in style and admirable in ambition, this sprawling neo-western never comes together as a satisfying whole.
May 16, 2019
A visually impressive but unevenly paced thriller that feels as if it's meant to be analyzed more than enjoyed, and for which footnotes might actually have done more good than subtitles.
May 16, 2019
It is an utterly distinctive film-making, executed with ruthless clarity and force.