Cidade de Deus (City of God) Reviews

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 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.