Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 21, 2013
    Narco Cultura feels like two short films sandwiched together to make a feature. One is a shallow pop-music documentary focusing on Mr. Quintero. The other is an equally superficial portrait of the embattled Ciudad Juárez, across the border from El Paso.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 21, 2013
    The dissection and discussion, though well-intentioned, winds up lifeless.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 5, 2013
    Interesting as it is, Narco Cultura aims to tell the story of what’s happened in Juarez and in Mexico (and, by virtue of its immense appetite for drugs, the U.S.). Instead, it feels more like a couple of intriguing chapters.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 22, 2013
    Set to Jeremy Turner's spare and mournful score, Narco Cultura is ultimately more pensive than lurid.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Nov 21, 2013
    Passably absorbing to start, Shaul Schwarz’s examination of the issues surrounding Mexican and immigrant musicians who glorify drug lords and their exploits gradually bogs down in repetition and narrative inertia.

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