Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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November 28, 2020
The location is still just as tragic and absorbing, but the story often wanders into the realm of generic action flicks.
November 30, 2017
The actors are strong, the sense of location is vividly authentic, but the script is disjointed.
September 4, 2009
Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction.
October 18, 2008
It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.
July 22, 2008
It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh.
July 5, 2008
Despite considerable dramatic interest, Morelli's loose, lengthy structure makes it a labor to hang in with.
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.
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.
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.
March 2, 2008
May mean well, but its soapy plot and comparatively flabby execution make for a surprisingly tepid combination.
February 29, 2008
City of Men is an intriguing but incompletely developed heir to the far superior City of God.
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.
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.
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 dj vu.
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.
February 29, 2008
[C]ompared to City of God and the TV series [it's] disappointingly conventional...
February 28, 2008
Perhaps it's unfair to consider Morelli's film against Meirelles': You might as well compare a company newsletter to Candide.
February 27, 2008
Paulo Morelli mines old territory in yet another ode to Rio's vivid favelas.
February 26, 2008
Utilizes its slum locale not for inquisitive sociological inquiry but blah melodrama and stereotypical gangster histrionics.
February 24, 2008
By now, it's safe to say that the House of Meirelles is as chic as Chanel's.
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