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Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 19

Brutal and unflinching, City of Men is both a harrowing look at Brazil's favela life, and a touching tale of youths rushed into adulthood.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 3

Brutal and unflinching, City of Men is both a harrowing look at Brazil's favela life, and a touching tale of youths rushed into adulthood.



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Two lifelong friends raised amidst the turmoil of Rio de Janeiro's notorious Pool Hall Hill attempt to navigate the treacherous maze of adulthood after celebrating their 18th birthdays and becoming caught up in the city's endless cycle of violence in director Paulo Morelli's companion piece to the Golden Globe-winning drama City of God. Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva) may not be bound by blood, but these childhood friends are closer to one another than most brothers. While


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It plays like a Western, and the violence, while plentiful and visceral, rarely has the kind of raw impact you want in a movie such as this. Morelli keeps most of the blood off-camera.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.

March 10, 2008
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Where City of God was ferocious, grandiose, and glamorous, this movie is modest and intimate, acoustic where the other was desperate to electrify.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The story might have been lifted from an old Warner Brothers melodrama, though it's smartly paced, sincerely delivered, and consistently absorbing.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Along comes a sequel of sorts, City of Men, but the difference is clear right from the first frame: Meirelles is gone and so is the intensity. What's left is a mix of credible sociology and tired melodrama, along with a palpable sense of déjà vu.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Though the histrionics of City of Men are a bit obvious, and it lacks the bravado of City of God, it's ultimately a more rewarding film.

February 29, 2008
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Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

A must for fans of the TV series, as it continues the unique formula of mixing fun, fantasy, fear, and frankness, for 2 young men barely surviving to adulthood together.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source:

It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Both Silva and Cunha (who reprise their roles from the television show) do make compelling leads and their performances add needed weight and shadings to their underwritten characters.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Where City of God provided a heartbreaking insight into Rio's flavelas and gang warfare . . . this film ends up more like a standard buddy movie set against a gangland battle scene

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

An engaging and frequently tense drama with terrific performances from its two young leads.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Despite considerable dramatic interest, Morelli's loose, lengthy structure makes it a labor to hang in with.

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

More bronzed bodies bearing arms leading to inevitable shootouts delivered via a washed-out, hand-held digital style pulsing along to an infectious Latin beat.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source:

The film's overriding message that love and friendship exist under the most hopeless of circumstances is what makes City of Men such a worthy, compelling drama.

March 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Some might perceive City of Men as a slow film, while others could reasonably argue that Morelli is taking more time to develop characters.

March 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

[One] plotline ends with a twist that doubtless felt more authentic in the halls of a film school than it would on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

March 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

...not a sequel to City of God, although it sometimes feels like a junior-varsity version of the older movie.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

An efficient, simply told spite of the plot's neat contrivances and the movie's determination to pull some edifying nugget from the heartbreak and hopelessness at its core.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

Morelli's film is most effective at its most documentarian, when it focuses on street detail and the casual, everyday behavior of the people inside the desperate favelas.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

May mean well, but its soapy plot and comparatively flabby execution make for a surprisingly tepid combination.

March 2, 2008 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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Audience Reviews for Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)

As two friends from the slums of Rio approach their 18th birthdays, a war between two gangs tears their community apart. Continuing the themes of City Of God, City Of Men takes up the story of life in the Brazilian ghetto as the boys become "men", brought up in an society where the family unit is all but defunct. Girls have to grow up at a very young age in an environment where they have no access to contraception and no money for abortion clinics, made pregnant by boys who have no roots, no emotional connections or sense of responsibility as they grew up without role models, having been brought up fatherless themselves and left to fend alone on the dog eat dog streets while their mothers go out to work. The film has the same combination of excellent visuals, intelligent characterisation and amazingly naturalistic performances of the original. It doesn't quite have the same sense of complexity or originality of City Of God, but does once again manage to create a real sense of what it must be like to grow up on these mean streets, showing the incredibly tense gun battles through the darkened slums as anything but glamorous and appealing. It does share the same underlying message as well; if the cycle is not broken, then history will continue repeating itself and nothing will ever change.
August 3, 2012
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To be honest I was let down with this, after the harrowing, depressing kill fest of the original this is actually pretty tame. Not much killing and not much action either, there's alot of talk and plot layout which is fine but you do find your mind starting to wander haha

The cast are all excellent along with the locations and sweaty, grimy, run down look of the whole film, its so realistic it puts you off wanting to go anywhere near Brazil for a holiday ;) Some of the scenery is truely amazing though.

Overall its quite boring until the final sequence but even that is average, and then its over all too quick. Not a bad film but not really engaging either.
February 9, 2012

Super Reviewer

A worthy follow-up and conclusion to the TV series, but unfairly shadowed by the impact and greatness of Cidade de Deus. The two long-time friends now deal with problems that are more compelling than before, and they even get caught up in a war between rival gangs that could cost them their friendship.
April 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Episodic collection of tales which offer a fascinating further insight into favela life in the vain of 'City of God'. Runs out of original plots in the later episodes but there are some clever gems.
October 10, 2008
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