Reviews

Nov 17, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
City of Men does not have that piercing naturalistic horror and drive of its predecessor. But it stands on its own as a chronicle of enduring friendship in impossibly horrid circumstances.
Apr 13, 2011
Dec 15, 2010
Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.
Dec 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.
Oct 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.
Sep 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
Jul 18, 2008
An engaging and frequently tense drama with terrific performances from its two young leads.
Jul 18, 2008
The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare.
Apr 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 14, 2008
...not a sequel to City of God, although it sometimes feels like a junior-varsity version of the older movie.
Mar 10, 2008
[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.
Mar 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.
Mar 1, 2008
City of Men, in Portuguese with subtitles, never quite achieves the dramatic impact of the Oscar-nominated drama that inspired it.
Feb 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.
Feb 29, 2008
The story might have been lifted from an old Warner Brothers melodrama, though it's smartly paced, sincerely delivered, and consistently absorbing.