Cidade de Deus (City of God) Reviews

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August 13, 2020
A masterpiece of modern filmmaking.
December 30, 2019
What makes City of God so breathtaking is director Fernando Meirelles' passion for these people - he gives us the color, the music and the humor...
July 31, 2018
City Of God is the very definition of cinematic lightning in a bottle.
March 13, 2018
It's point-blank perspective on murder and growing up amidst the violence will leave U.S. moviegoers feeling a macabre sense of satisfaction, immediately followed by horror, as they witnesses the vicious cycle of violence repeats itself anew.
November 8, 2011
I came away from this film impressed by its narrative control but unmoved by anything it had to say.
November 8, 2011
Another passionate piece of Latin American filmmaking, which documents a tragic period in Rio's history and highlights the horrors of life in poverty-line communities. Technically a remarkable filmmaking achievement too.
December 22, 2010
Powerful, but only for 17 and up.
September 25, 2010
Each chapter is endowed with powerful, uncompromising, beguiling and, sometimes, deceptive momentum. What seem like innocuous turns become so critical to the narrative that they tie into the ruthless idea at hand: You never see the bullet that kills you.
December 31, 2009
Brazillian director Mereilles' splashy feature debut, a dynamically exciting portrait of Rio's violent gangs, immediately established himsef as an international talent to watch, and the Oscar nods only reaffirmed that status.
June 17, 2009
City of God delivers a bruising, visceral experience of the vicious spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime, brutality and murder as the only avenue open to them.
June 12, 2009
Fernando Meirelles' Brazilian slum epic is a profound, stylistically expansive depiction of three decades of child gang warfare on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro with non-actors playing their poverty-ridden lives for the camera.
November 12, 2008
The visceral and artistic excitement remains surface-bound.
July 14, 2007
Director Fernando Meirelles creates an aura of fear unlike any film in recent memory.
June 21, 2007
Kinetic, exciting, brutal, it's a supreme achievement and better than almost any film you're likely to see this year.
June 24, 2006
The performances, many from non-pros, are terrific.
January 15, 2005
City of God is not the easiest film to watch, but it is a masterpiece all the same, maybe the best crime drama since the Godfather films.
August 13, 2004
A staggering masterpiece.
July 23, 2004
A Brazilian "Scarface"
June 25, 2004
At a full-throttle pace and exciting from beginning to end, directors Lund and Meirrelles grab hold of your attention and don't let go.
June 13, 2004
Directors Ktia Lund and Fernando Meirelles stir all the cinematic virtues into this finely-crafted narrative.
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