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Cidade de Deus (City of God) Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 12, 2008
The visceral and artistic excitement remains surface-bound.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 14, 2007
Director Fernando Meirelles creates an aura of fear unlike any film in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2007
Kinetic, exciting, brutal, it's a supreme achievement and better than almost any film you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 13, 2004
A staggering masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2004
Directors Kátia Lund and Fernando Meirelles stir all the cinematic virtues into this finely-crafted narrative.
June 8, 2004
It's a grim epitaph for hypocrisy, and the film provides no comfortable answers for solving any of the problems it so well describes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 19, 2004
Difficult to watch but hard to look away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2004
We've seen this story before, more or less -- the blood, the budding psychopaths, the all-too-young victims of urban decay -- but never quite like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 18, 2004
As we see kids of no more than ten or twelve run through the streets with guns shooting those who don't give them what they want, we can't help but pity them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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