Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) Reviews

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November 17, 2011
October 18, 2008
It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality.
July 18, 2008
The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare.
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.
March 10, 2008
[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.
February 29, 2008
City of Men is an intriguing but incompletely developed heir to the far superior City of God.
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
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 dj vu.
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.
February 29, 2008
The movie's power comes less from its contrived story than everything else: the stark setting, chaotic energy and authentic cast.
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
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.
February 29, 2008
A compelling and visually arresting drama from Brazil.
February 29, 2008
There are moments in City of Men that feel so vividly accurate that you may find yourself ducking from the gunfire.
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.
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.
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.
February 28, 2008
Still, City of Men is a very good film on multiple levels, not the least of which is that the relationship between Ace and Wallace is continually intriguing, emotional and dynamic.
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