Cidade de Deus (City of God) Reviews

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June 13, 2004
Directors Ktia Lund and Fernando Meirelles stir all the cinematic virtues into this finely-crafted narrative.
June 11, 2004
4 Academy Award nominations didn't earn City of God a deluxe DVD
June 10, 2004
If the first ten minutes of the movie hooks you, then the remaining two hours will haunt you.
June 8, 2004 unforgettable portrait of a despicable existence, where drugs are everywhere and children murder one another with abandon.
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.
June 8, 2004
Co-directors Lund and Meirelles have announced themselves as international heirs apparent to Martin Scorsese's throne.
May 27, 2004
No commentary track, but a solid video and audio transfer should be enough to please fans of Fernando Meirelles's Brazilian gangster epic.
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.
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.
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...
March 4, 2004
Films like City of God are a wake-up call that something must change. Yet the only answer it finds is the most daunting question - "How?"
February 28, 2004
'It's unfortunate that what should be an emotionally-engaging film is so completely unaffecting'
February 17, 2004
a devastating epic about the roots of criminality and the ironic cruelties of life that also works as an intimate personal drama
February 12, 2004
"City of God" shows us the harsh reality of a world that we Americans may never have known existed.
January 30, 2004
Mezmerizing and horrific, a very confident directorial effort.
January 27, 2004
Brutal and brilliant, Meirelles's stunning "City of God" virtually redefines the word storytelling.
January 21, 2004
A well-honed exploitation picture that just happens to be set in the slums outside Rio de Janeiro.
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.
December 20, 2003
A blood-spattered, non-stop ride as much into the life of a 'favela' (squatter settlement) as it is into the lives of the youths who inhabit it.
December 15, 2003
The film makes an impact.
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