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Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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Kam Williams
University City Review

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 Source: University City Review | Original Score: 4/4

June 16, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
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Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 24, 2006

Sight and Sound

A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

September 28, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 6, 2006
Chris Barsanti

not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 30, 2006
Eric D. Snider

Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

August 30, 2006
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 26, 2006
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer SÚrgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2006
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 7/10

August 18, 2006
Marc Mohan

Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

August 18, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | 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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2006
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C

August 17, 2006
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times

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 Source: Contra Costa Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 17, 2006
Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
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Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 4, 2006
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