Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    May 22, 2013
    If Heli lacks enough focus and thematic clarity to make it properly special, it's still winningly provocative and always compelling.
  2. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    May 22, 2013
    The film functions as clammy thriller as well as poetic agitprop.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    May 22, 2013
    Heli is a despairing, bleak watch. It's a slow, but unrelenting look at one young man's punishing loss of innocence amongst a society that has already decayed beyond understanding.
  4. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 22, 2013
    Throughout the film [Escalante's] camera tends to be lurking in the middle distance; coolly observing everything that passes through its inquisitive frame, leaving the messy business of reaction to us.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    May 22, 2013
    An accomplished but singularly unpleasant immersion in Mexico's vicious cycle of drug-fueled violence.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    May 22, 2013
    Heli is undoubtedly made with serious intent, but it is also relentlessly depressing and curiously uninvolving.

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