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Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

A poor man's City of God that suggests the only answer to the problems of Brazil's slums are blazing guns wielded by a neo-fascist police force.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 19, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Padilha succumbs to monotonous, hollow flamboyance with his City of God clone.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

September 2, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: .5/5

September 19, 2008
Cole Smithey

The film's message is that all of society is corrupt, so it doesn't matter who gets killed. It's a propaganda movie that shows no empathy for its characters or for its audience.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

September 3, 2008
David Jenkins
Time Out
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It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

August 8, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The moral dilemmas are gripping, but the film takes itself far too seriously to ever connect with us.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 8, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A depressing film that celebrates brute strength as the only means to stem the tide of violence and crime in Rio de Janeiro.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

September 20, 2008
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor

Given that Brazil, as a Latin American moviemaking powerhouse, steadily produces vibrant, vital films of real impact and humanity, it's a crime itself that Elite Squad may be the only Brazilian film that American audiences see this year.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

September 25, 2008
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

It's just a pity the story is so slipshod - it only really gets going halfway through.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

August 8, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

An instruction manual of sorts that doesn't illuminate police corruption and violence so much as it revels in it.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 21, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2008
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

Nascimento's penchant for Rambo theatrics is unfortunate, because elsewhere Elite Squad has interesting things to say.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
Peter Bradshaw

Here is the biggest, fattest, dampest squib of the week: perhaps the most disappointing film ever to have won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

August 8, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

A film that simply doesn't have enough cinematic flair to make it a better than average cops and robbers thriller.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Elite Squad can't decide whether it wants to pull the lid back on what urban decay has wrought or simply open up a can of whup ass.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

September 17, 2008

Daily Mirror [UK]

As for the plot, flashy editing and an over-reliance on jittery handheld cameras mean you'll struggle to tell what's going on - if you haven't already given up by then.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

August 8, 2008
Scott Weinberg

A very compelling movie that's almost ruined by a horrible narration track.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2008
Edward Douglas

Trying to address important and serious social issues in this violent world rather than just creating something sensationalistic or exploitative gives Elite Squad an edge over normal police thrillers.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

September 18, 2008
Rosamund Witcher
Empire Magazine

Despite the voiceover, Padilha has created a shocking insight into a world in which corrupt cops slug it out against drug dealers but, ultimately, nobody wins.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A satisfactory enough cop movie, but not one that people will still be name checking years hence

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

January 13, 2009
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
September 28, 2011

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