Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Reviews

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
The entire last half hour is just incredibly disingenuous.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 4, 2012
The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 4, 2012
When this Enemy Within settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 9, 2011
Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
December 8, 2011
Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
December 8, 2011
A film that grabs you by the shirtfront and rarely lets up its grip.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 7, 2011
The Enemy Within, it's not just the cops and robbers who are corrupt and greedy and barbarous, but also politicians and media representatives. The "system" is everywhere.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 5, 2011
Even if it's not as smart as it supposes itself to be, [the film] is still smart enough to be more than a decent way to waste time.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 2, 2011
An epic crime drama from Rio de Janeiro with a thrilling pace and an over-the-top body count.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 2, 2011
Elite Squad is just urgent and complex enough to make it clear violence is more than a matter for academic debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
December 2, 2011
A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2011
Jammed with cliches but completely engrossing.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 1, 2011
Here's a Brazilian thriller that's so angry and specifically political, it's hard to believe they got away with making it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 30, 2011
There is a deep sense of indignation at the core of The Enemy Within, a righteous fury that pelts every cog of "the system" like machine-gun fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2011
It resembles a flow chart splattered with blood and spittle, more static and smeary in tone than the finger-pointing corrective director-cowriter Jose Padilha intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 11, 2011
Hard-hitting Brazilian thriller about police corruption, politics and crime colliding in Rio's favelas and corridors of power and law enforcement is as intelligent as it is entertaining.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 11, 2011
No wonder Padilha's been tapped to helm a Hollywood reboot of "RoboCop.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 10, 2011
Padilha's style is so urgent and immediate that you almost feel like you're in the midst of an especially advanced video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 10, 2011
The carnage, although explicit and frequent, is not grotesquely overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
November 10, 2011
Moving to its own throbbing beat, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within offers an exhilaratingly bleak vision of what it describes as "an articulation of loathsome interests," in which the well-meaning suffer...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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