Los Angeles Times:
"The frames are succulently composed; the Brazilian and Bolivian backgrounds offbeat
and spectacular; the dialogue - by novelist-screenwriter Fonseca and "English
version" writer Chapman - spare and enigmatic. The core cast - Peter Coyote, Tcheky
Karyo, Amanda Pays and the others - is many cuts above the norm."
San Francisco Examiner:
"The writer and director can't seem to get the mood right... Coyote cannot be faulted
for his sincerity. With that perfect television voice-over voice and a dent of seriousness
above the bridge of his nose, Coyote's earnestness is never in doubt."
"This is a well-crafted yarn with crosses and double-crosses, beautiful photography
by Jose Roberto Eliezer and editing by Isabelle Rathery, and Salles shows a sure hand at
fictional filmmaking. But Exposure stops being a thriller halfway through and
starts genre-hopping, resulting in a pastiche that could have been much more satisfying if
he had stuck to the genre he started with."
The Hollywood Reporter:
"Although it hails from Brazil, Exposure has the same trendy combination
of chic angst and glamorous squalor as a contemporary Eurothriller."
Janet Maslin of The New York Times:
"Mandrake is at first a genuinely appealing figure, in spite of his tendency to wax
ponderous when discussing photography... And Mr. Coyote gives a seductive performance
until the film strains to turn him from a coyly, passive bohemian into a man of
"Exposure reveals a smooth command of some film techniques. The gritty cityscapes are
evocatively textured, and Salles has a good, if self-conscious eye, for painterly
The Wichita Eagle:
"The male bonding is also surprisingly erotic. The knife training becomes a courtship
between mentor and student...Made on location in South America from the sleazy, high-rise
glitz of Rio to the crumbling, impoverished villages of Bolivia, Salles's film is stylish
"A thinking man's Death Wish with Coyote as a laid-back Charles
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"I kept expecting to see Clint Eastwood in a striped poncho stride into view while
watching this generally effective, very offbeat thriller. Exposure, an
American-Brazilian production, has some of the spooky, stranger-in-a-strange-land feel of
Eastwood's Italian-made Westerns... The movie has a shivery sado-masochistic edge, and
there is a fair amount of bloodshed, but the violence is relatively tame by current
R-rated standards. Salles achieves his effects as much by mood and misdirection as by the
graphic use of gore, and the result is an entertainingly strange movie of suspense."
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