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.
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 24, 2006
The performances, many from non-pros, are terrific.
May 19, 2004
Difficult to watch but hard to look away from.
March 11, 2004
The living conditions it projects are as horrendous as I had feared, but the movie is surprisingly easy to take as a rollicking homicidal entertainment.
March 21, 2003
It's like Scorsese meets Peckinpah and Sergio Leone, with a samba soundtrack.
March 20, 2003
Hard to watch but even harder to tear your eyes away from.
March 14, 2003
Meirelles takes us to a real-life deathtrap and then proceeds to make us feel twice as alive for the time we spend there.
March 7, 2003
An incredibly assured, compelling and often sardonically funny piece of filmmaking.
March 7, 2003
Rivets attention and rattles the conscience.
March 7, 2003
Traffic was brilliant fiction, but City of God proves that true stories often pack the most punch.
January 31, 2003
It should be considered required viewing, I think, by anyone who seeks to understand how violence begets violence.
January 31, 2003
Meirelles opens with a stark image -- close-up of a knife sharpened on a whetting stone -- and, for the rest of the film, pretty much keeps us on that knife's edge.
January 24, 2003
Meirelles has created one of the most startling, grittily brilliant films in recent years.
January 24, 2003
If one of the moral responsibilities of the movies is to put you in places where you'd never go and live lives you'd never live, then City of God is great moviemaking.
January 24, 2003
A shocking, deeply disturbing film made with great passion.
January 24, 2003
A grim, outrageous, blisteringly effective underworld thriller destined to become a classic of its kind.
January 24, 2003
Long and difficult to watch, but it is never dull.
January 24, 2003
An extraordinary film, but definitely not for the weak of stomach.
January 24, 2003
Meirelles has crafted a distinctive motion picture -- one takes us into the streets with an unsurpassed intensity and immediacy.
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