- , New York Times, September 14, 2011
A slick, exciting, well-made crime thriller, dripping with atmosphere.
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, August 18, 2011
- Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, August 12, 2011
It feels so raw and urgent and real.
- Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, August 04, 2011
Patsha Bay plays the macho title character, but the film belongs to sultry Manie Malone as the dancehall diva he aims to steal from the top mob boss. She makes even the act of applying lipstick spark with erotic electricity.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 08, 2011
"Viva Riva!" has its cake and eats it, too. Shoots it to pieces, actually.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, July 07, 2011
The titular exclamation point promises exuberant fun that the movie delivers only in spots.
- Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, June 23, 2011
You'll need some patience to wrangle with this conflicted beast, but it's never dull.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, June 22, 2011
Unfortunately, despite the sweaty, tense atmosphere, "Viva Riva" becomes derivative of the duller scenes in other gangster flicks.
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, June 10, 2011
A nastily effective, sociologically pungent genre piece...
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, June 09, 2011
The Congolese writer and director Djo Tunda Wa Munga gives Viva Riva! a playful sensuality that goes a long way toward disguising formula.
- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, June 09, 2011
Despite a nifty final twist and a willingness to dispense with a few taboos, it fails to establish a consistent rhythm.
- John Hartl, Seattle Times, June 16, 2011
Pulsing with polyglot music and outlaw vigor, "Viva Riva!" is a raucous reply to the new world order.
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 2011
The first major motion picture to come out of Congo in decades happens to be one of the best neonoirs from anywhere in recent memory.
- Eric Hynes, Time Out, June 08, 2011
Too lazily indulges in shapeless genre excess.
- Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, June 07, 2011
A blast from start to finish, writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva! marks the Congo as an African filmmaking center to watch.
- Robert Koehler, Variety, June 02, 2011
A bold crime action film that's vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic.
- Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, June 02, 2011
The debut of writer-director Djo Munga, who's from the DRC and studied filmmaking in Belgium, Viva Riva! has a sleek international sheen.
- Alison Willmore, AV Club, June 09, 2011