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Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
March 10, 2008
[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.
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
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.
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
Though the histrionics of City of Men are a bit obvious, and it lacks the bravado of City of God, it's ultimately a more rewarding film.
February 29, 2008
Our investment in their plight is ultimately enough to withstand the contrivance of the plot thread that tightens and tests the young men's relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 29, 2008
The movie's power comes less from its contrived story than everything else: the stark setting, chaotic energy and authentic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Yet even with its reined-in aims, City of Men still gives you what few American urban crime movies do -- a sense of life as it's really lived in the slums, where there are few options and almost all of them are bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
A compelling and visually arresting drama from Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
There are moments in City of Men that feel so vividly accurate that you may find yourself ducking from the gunfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
While Men is not as energetic or bracing as God, it is a disturbing exploration of violent drug culture in Rio's shantytowns. It's also a poignant look at the legacies of fathers who abdicate their responsibilities.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
This is an engrossing film, partly because the director pulls the camera back from time to time to mitigate the occasional effect of claustrophobia and to remind the audiencehow stunning the landscape is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 29, 2008
City of Men is a rootin'-tootin' gangster movie shot in the notoriously lawless shantytowns overlooking the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 28, 2008
City Of Men has its share of problems, but being too entertaining isn't one of them. The film isn't bad by any means, but after God's adrenaline-shots-to-the-heart rush, the laid-back storytelling comes off as a little sleepy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2008
A gripping companion piece to the Oscar-nominated 2002 gangster masterpiece City of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2008
Shot in a gritty, kinetic style that captures the colorful squalor of a neighborhood dubbed Dead-End Hill, City of Men is in many ways a more satisfying piece of storytelling than City of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2008
Despite its contrivances and flashiness, City of Men somehow wins you over with its steady, underlying flow of intimacy and compassion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 28, 2008
The new picture, directed by Paulo Morelli, does not try to compete with the dizzying visual gyrations and propulsive, nearly maniacal energy of the previous one, which was directed by Fernando Meirelles.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 28, 2008
City of Men has the electrically oversaturated style of reality that made City of God such a searing vision of teenage criminal life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 28, 2008
City of Men tells a multilayered story coherently, with propulsive action and a naturalistic nod to the fact that so much of the world is a violent place.
February 28, 2008
City of Men is outstanding in its own right, a moving story of the bleak lives of those living in the favelas, or slums, slaves to the drug-gang violence there, so immune to the constant danger that it simply becomes part of their lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 27, 2008
Paulo Morelli directs capably, with a heavy dash of MTV-generation flair: hyper-saturated colors, close-ups of skin glittering with sweat, and a constant patter of gunfire that undergirds the soundtrack like a steady heartbeat.
February 25, 2008
City of Men is clunky and often contrived, but there's something haunting about fatherless boys in a blighted place fumbling to teach themselves what it means to be a man.
December 1, 2007
A lighter but also more emotionally satisfying take on the lives of favela gangstas.