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.
| Original Score: 4/4
The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence.
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.
A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave.
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
not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker.
| Original Score: D+
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer SÚrgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough.
| Original Score: 7/10
Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.
| Original Score: B
A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: C
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.
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.
Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.