Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 19, 2008
For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 19, 2008
Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/6
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
[Josť Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 15, 2008
It bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like The French Connection, in which only the fascists could do what needed to be done.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 8, 2008
It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6