Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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November 28, 2020
The location is still just as tragic and absorbing, but the story often wanders into the realm of generic action flicks.
November 30, 2017
The actors are strong, the sense of location is vividly authentic, but the script is disjointed.
November 17, 2011
April 13, 2011
April 13, 2011
December 15, 2010
Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.
September 4, 2009
Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction.
December 17, 2008
A must for fans of the TV series, as it continues the unique formula of mixing fun, fantasy, fear, and frankness, for 2 young men barely surviving to adulthood together.
October 18, 2008
It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.
October 18, 2008
Both Silva and Cunha (who reprise their roles from the television show) do make compelling leads and their performances add needed weight and shadings to their underwritten characters.
September 18, 2008
Where City of God provided a heartbreaking insight into Rio's flavelas and gang warfare . . . this film ends up more like a standard buddy movie set against a gangland battle scene
July 22, 2008
It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh.
July 18, 2008
An engaging and frequently tense drama with terrific performances from its two young leads.
July 18, 2008
The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare.
July 5, 2008
Despite considerable dramatic interest, Morelli's loose, lengthy structure makes it a labor to hang in with.
April 2, 2008
More bronzed bodies bearing arms leading to inevitable shootouts delivered via a washed-out, hand-held digital style pulsing along to an infectious Latin beat.
March 26, 2008
The film's overriding message that love and friendship exist under the most hopeless of circumstances is what makes City of Men such a worthy, compelling drama.
March 25, 2008
Some might perceive City of Men as a slow film, while others could reasonably argue that Morelli is taking more time to develop characters.
March 16, 2008
[One] plotline ends with a twist that doubtless felt more authentic in the halls of a film school than it would on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
March 14, 2008
It plays like a Western, and the violence, while plentiful and visceral, rarely has the kind of raw impact you want in a movie such as this. Morelli keeps most of the blood off-camera.
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