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Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2006
This frenetic potboiler about a love triangle on the Salvador waterfront smacks of liberal slumming and bristles with faux authenticity.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
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
EricDSnider.com
August 30, 2006
Yes, it can be hard having a girlfriend who's a hooker.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 13, 2006
It's slick homogeneity, co-produced by Salles and co-funded by the Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobras, of a kind that commonly finds U.S. distribution while far better, riskier, more memorable films on the international table are ignored.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2006
The movie turns out to be a predictable and somewhat sentimental lower-depths love triangle, but Ms. Braga almost makes it work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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June 16, 2006
The film is gritty and graphic, with 'artsy' takes where the camera holds on a motionless actor. But art it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
August 12, 2006
Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lexi Feinberg
CinemaBlend.com
June 12, 2006
For a good time, take a trip far away from Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
May 26, 2006
The Lower City is a disappointing picture that's less than the sum of its sporadically involving parts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 9, 2006
The Monster's Ball Fan Club will surely get a kick out of SÚrgio Machado's Lower City, another specious mix of febrile sex and faux race commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Sheri Linden
Boxoffice Magazine
December 6, 2005
The dramatic rewards are slim as the story moves toward its brutal yet hopeful conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 12, 2006
In the end, Lower City is never quite as energetic as it wants to be, touched by the strange, milky lethargy that steeps every waterfront film.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2005
It's unlikely that even the most sophisticated or jaded of festival audiences will kindly endure the onslaught of viciousness on display.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 16, 2006
There's also something patronizing about the zeal with which Machado wallows in the muck, especially since his characters' lives revolve entirely around sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 16, 2006
The story wears thin long before it's over, but Machado draws strong performances from his leads and makes excellent use of its rundown locations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 21, 2006
Machado, a former assistant to Central Station filmmaker Walter Salles, doesn't seem to have a particular cinematic destination in mind for these characters, and the rather abrupt ending doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 20, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 5, 2006

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