Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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Top Critic
Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
April 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nora Lee Mandel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
July 18, 2008
The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
July 18, 2008
An engaging and frequently tense drama with terrific performances from its two young leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David N. Butterworth
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 14, 2008
...not a sequel to City of God, although it sometimes feels like a junior-varsity version of the older movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 10, 2008
[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.
Beth Accomando
March 1, 2008
What becomes interesting is how Ace and Wallace, who have managed to stay outside the violence for the most part, start to get pulled in once they uncover information about their fathers.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 1, 2008
City of Men, in Portuguese with subtitles, never quite achieves the dramatic impact of the Oscar-nominated drama that inspired it.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 29, 2008
I wish I hadn't seen the masterpiece City of God before the current City of Men, which is a more conventional story in the same setting. Judged on its own merits, the latter film still makes a considerable emotional impact.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 29, 2008
The story might have been lifted from an old Warner Brothers melodrama, though it's smartly paced, sincerely delivered, and consistently absorbing.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
February 29, 2008
City of Men at times seems like City of God-lite, which, mind you, still provides for some heavy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 13, 2011
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
April 13, 2011
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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