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

Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

Page 1 of 4
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
February 26, 2008
Utilizes its slum locale not for inquisitive sociological inquiry but blah melodrama and stereotypical gangster histrionics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 22, 2008
It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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
February 27, 2008
Paulo Morelli mines old territory in yet another ode to Rio's vivid favelas.
| Original Score: 2/4
February 29, 2008
[C]ompared to City of God and the TV series [it's] disappointingly conventional...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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
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
October 18, 2008
It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 4