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Cidade de Deus (City of God) Reviews

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November 12, 2008
The visceral and artistic excitement remains surface-bound.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 22, 2002
The direction is often inspired and sure-handed, even if it's sometimes unfocused or overambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2003
I came out of the theater feeling lucky to be alive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 17, 2003
Finally more numbing than emotionally shattering.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 24, 2003
There's something distasteful in the rote way this film introduces us to two dozen hapless, heartless kids and doesn't care enough to make us feel for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 8, 2011
I came away from this film impressed by its narrative control but unmoved by anything it had to say.
March 6, 2003
Incredible editing, but leaves an awful taste in my mouth - and I am totally desensitized to violence!
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
February 15, 2003
Meirelles' message is important, but the telling quickly becomes monotonous.
January 6, 2004
Meirelles plays to the crowd, plays everything for effect, which wouldn't necessarily be a problem if the subject didn't deserve greater intellectual seriousness.
January 20, 2003
A well-made but pointless picture, it is a non-stop orgy of senseless violence, as teens and preteens slaughter each other like animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 17, 2003
The film is as slick as any Hollywood thriller ... that dilute the impact of what might have been an indelible cautionary tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 16, 2003
The distinction between the depiction of violence and its exploitation is paper-thin.
March 13, 2003
The question of the picture isn't what to do with the City of God, but really why do anything when such cool movies can be made from its suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2003
The horrific images of children shooting children don't sit well with a tone of jaded irony, and the grinding nightmare of poverty and crime resists Cidade de Deus's playful generic conventions.
July 23, 2004
A Brazilian "Scarface"
February 17, 2003
With few exceptions, real slum kids and actors from local amateur drama clubs were cast in City of God, and the result is truly believable characters and a gritty, realistic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 6, 2003
For all their straddling of the line between realism and exploitation, entertainment and education, it's entirely possible that Meirelles and Lund render that line invisible.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2003
Hard to watch but even harder to tear your eyes away from.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 17, 2004
"City of God" is a movie that, for the lack of a better term, incites us. It elicits a response. It pounds away at us until we break...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 18, 2003
It is certainly one of the best movies of the year; it may even be as good as Meirelles imagined it could be.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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