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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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

Film Threat
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
A cry of frustration full of twists and turns, it certainly excites, but the way in which it sees Brazil's problems as both chronic and incredibly straightforward feels like a bit of a cop out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Danny Scott
The Skinny
August 10, 2011
Padilha delivers a bruising right and left of polemic and action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
Time Out
November 8, 2011
Our hero's prominence sets up a stellar conclusion that retroactively questions both the first movie and its substantial audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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William Goss
Film.com
December 8, 2011
Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
August 11, 2011
Partly compensates for its shortcomings by adopting a deeper, more analytical approach to its portrayal of endemic police and political corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
November 5, 2011
It's Wagner Moura's spotless embodiment of the principled Brazilian man for whom aggression and being coincide that renders the film such an immersive experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Hasted
Little White Lies
August 15, 2011
Its characters and conclusions both haunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
August 8, 2011
A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 5, 2011
"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is a vast improvement over the franchise's first installment because it puts more emphasis on the emotional cost of political, economic, and military corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 11, 2011
Strikingly shot and savage in its violence this is a white-knuckle ride through the most dangerous corners of the Brazilian city.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 11, 2011
The plot is worked out, at times, with a complexity worthy of The Godfather and characters as memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 9, 2011
Keeps the snazzy combination of spectacle and polemics in check.
Matt Glasby
Total Film
August 4, 2011
Part political thriller, part pummelling polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
August 9, 2011
A thumping modern policier with a social-conscience edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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