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  • Summary: To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto - a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. Narco Cultura looks at this explosiveTo a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto - a new form of the American Dream, fueled by the war on drugs. Narco Cultura looks at this explosive phenomenon from within; cycles of addiction to money, drugs and violence that are rapidly gaining strength on both sides of the US/Mexican border. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Nov 22, 2013
    100
    Just over the Mexico/U.S. border from Juarez is El Paso, Texas, ranked the safest large city in America three years in a row now. The question that that fact begs is in part why this film is a quietly subversive masterpiece.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 13, 2013
    91
    Interviewed in the film, Juárez journalist Sandra Rodriguez offers up this grim summation: “That these people represent the ideal of success, impunity, and limitless power is symptomatic of how defeated we are as a society.”
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 19, 2013
    90
    Schwarz's juxtaposition of the human cost of the drug war alongside the glamorization of its henchmen and their brutality is sobering, even depressing.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 19, 2013
    80
    Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero’s growing success as one of the subgenre’s stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Dec 5, 2013
    80
    What this film does is reveal two very different societies — both exhibiting, each in its own way, unmistakable signs of collapse.
  6. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Nov 18, 2013
    75
    Director Shaul Schwarz, sans judgment, presents us with two men who epitomize how accepted and engrained narco culture has become in Mexico.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 21, 2013
    40
    The dissection and discussion, though well-intentioned, winds up lifeless.

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