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

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 4, 2009
Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 26, 2008
Utilizes its slum locale not for inquisitive sociological inquiry but blah melodrama and stereotypical gangster histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
March 12, 2008
An efficient, simply told story...in spite of the plot's neat contrivances and the movie's determination to pull some edifying nugget from the heartbreak and hopelessness at its core.
Michael Ferraro
Bronsonfive
February 20, 2008
Imagine City of God by way of One Tree Hill and you got yourself City of Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
February 27, 2008
Paulo Morelli mines old territory in yet another ode to Rio's vivid favelas.
| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 29, 2008
[C]ompared to City of God and the TV series [it's] disappointingly conventional...
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 29, 2008
Where City of God was ferocious, grandiose, and glamorous, this movie is modest and intimate, acoustic where the other was desperate to electrify.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 5, 2008
Despite considerable dramatic interest, Morelli's loose, lengthy structure makes it a labor to hang in with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 28, 2008
Perhaps it's unfair to consider Morelli's film against Meirelles': You might as well compare a company newsletter to Candide.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 7, 2008
Morelli's film is most effective at its most documentarian, when it focuses on street detail and the casual, everyday behavior of the people inside the desperate favelas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2008
By now, it's safe to say that the House of Meirelles is as chic as Chanel's.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 29, 2008
Performances are up to par, but the story unfolds conventionally -- it lacks the fragmented fury of its predecessor. You might call it City of God Lite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 29, 2008
Along comes a sequel of sorts, City of Men, but the difference is clear right from the first frame: Meirelles is gone and so is the intensity. What's left is a mix of credible sociology and tired melodrama, along with a palpable sense of déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
February 29, 2008
There isn't enough heft to the protagonists. City of Men tries to flesh out the victims of harsh favela life, but too often they register as scurrying figures in a human ant farm.
| Original Score: C+
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
February 29, 2008
City of Men is an intriguing but incompletely developed heir to the far superior City of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 2, 2008
May mean well, but its soapy plot and comparatively flabby execution make for a surprisingly tepid combination.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Xan Brooks
Guardian
October 18, 2008
It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
April 13, 2011
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
April 13, 2011

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