Fine Line Features | Release Date: July 16, 2004
3.4
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Generally unfavorable reviews based on 201 Ratings
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StephenS.Aug 3, 2004
This is a well made movie for sure, with a lot of excellent work in it. But ultimately, I have to ask, for what? While I'm gald to see a movie that isn't trying to be mindless entertainment, if it is not going to be entertaining, This is a well made movie for sure, with a lot of excellent work in it. But ultimately, I have to ask, for what? While I'm gald to see a movie that isn't trying to be mindless entertainment, if it is not going to be entertaining, then I want a movie to be meaningful. Unless you were considering a career as a drug mule or wondered why more people don't do it, I don't think this movie has much to say. I didn't come away feeling like I'd been on a journey worth the effort. Expand
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RodRAug 22, 2004
I fail to see where all of the high praise for this movie comes from. This movie is not about the desperate acts of a struggling young woman living in an oppressive, hopeless situation whose only chance at freedom is to smuggle drugs. I fail to see where all of the high praise for this movie comes from. This movie is not about the desperate acts of a struggling young woman living in an oppressive, hopeless situation whose only chance at freedom is to smuggle drugs. Rather, the main character is just a typical whining, self-absorbed teenager who undertakes a drastically unnecessary and melodramatic mission to free herself the "hardships" of teenage boys, a job that sucks, and a loving family that doesn't always put her needs first. I kept expecting her to throw a temper tantrum, stamp her feet, and scream "No one understands me! My life is so horrible! It's so UNFAIR!" At one point, she actually storms into her room (yes, she has her own room!) and slams the door. The only desperate situations that the characters find themselves are manufactured by their own bad decisions. It's extremely disappointing, because the story that the movie was TRYING to tell (the story of good people all but forced into a horrible situation) is a real drama that happens every day. This movie insults those people. Expand
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AlejandroD.Jan 30, 2005
I had high hopes for this film. I am Colombian, and thought this would somehow show the problematic of the "mules." However I was disapointed. I think the movie is very vague, and there are a lot of things that are left unexplained. The I had high hopes for this film. I am Colombian, and thought this would somehow show the problematic of the "mules." However I was disapointed. I think the movie is very vague, and there are a lot of things that are left unexplained. The movie is just about the need of some people of my country, and shows how far some of them would go. But the whole drugs problem is not as simple and soft like this. Things are far worse than what we see on this movie, and Maria is somehow justified for what she did. Most of the "mules" are tricked, and most of the time, they are sent with the intent to make them get caught, so that the others that are already established can pass more easily. Also I wanted to see more how the same goverments and police from both countries are part of this issue. The only good thing about this movie is the actors,, which make a great job, but the movie lack a lot of content. Expand
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MattFeb 13, 2006
sorry, but I didn't think it was very good. Acting was great, but the film was... boring? Everyone is saying this movie was shocking and disturbing, but it wasn't. Raw? sure. But in this case, raw means boring. Maybe I am too sorry, but I didn't think it was very good. Acting was great, but the film was... boring? Everyone is saying this movie was shocking and disturbing, but it wasn't. Raw? sure. But in this case, raw means boring. Maybe I am too desensitized by similar fare such as Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting. Compared to those two movies, this movie falls quite flat. Sorry, but I just didn't think it was very good Expand
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