Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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Kam Williams
University City Review
June 16, 2007
A gritty, Brazilian drama which called for Alice Braga to be naked and in heat nearly non-stop, whether in a bed with a boyfriend or one of her assortedy Johns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence.
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Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2006
There are sections of the screenplay that lead nowhere and I also find the ending makes the film rather incomplete. Yet it's a gripping work, and a powerful journey while it lasts.

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2006
For stretches it's enough to enjoy the grungy but gorgeous locations, the soulful performances of the three leads and the frequent, ravenous sex scenes. OK, for long stretches it's enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
August 30, 2006
not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
August 30, 2006
Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 26, 2006
The toastiest summer on record is but an intermittently flickering 40-watt bulb when held up to the positively incendiary sexual firestorm that is Brazilian import Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 18, 2006
Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer SÚrgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
With a distinct lack of action, Machado resorts to far too many close-ups of his stars until, as good-looking as they are, you tire of looking at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 18, 2006
The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marc Mohan
August 18, 2006
Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 18, 2006
A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2006
A steamy lust triangle that would be better if you didn't get the feeling that the guys were competing (kinda like in the cockfight) and Karinna is just the prize that goes to the victor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2006
Brazilian director Sergio Machado once worked as an assistant to Walter Salles, but fortunately, his new film as director, Lower City is alive in ways that Salles could not conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 17, 2006
In trying for realism, Machado only achieves dramatic inertness. His three fallen characters drift through life with no purpose other than to satisfy their immediate physical needs.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
August 17, 2006
Machado asks us to believe in the love between Karinna, Deco and Naldinho without ever making us feel anything but the tug of their sexual attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
August 12, 2006
Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 4, 2006
Any social comments the film might contain fall by the wayside in your brain, pushed aside by the bullet: 'Karinna's topless again!' That's life in Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 4, 2006
Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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