Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010

Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
September 4, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nora Lee Mandel
December 17, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Xan Brooks
October 18, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 18, 2008

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

Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
July 18, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
July 18, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 5, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David N. Butterworth
April 2, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 26, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
March 25, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 16, 2008

[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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
March 14, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 14, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
March 12, 2008

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.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
March 10, 2008

[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 7, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 2, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
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