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Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 13, 2009
A satisfactory enough cop movie, but not one that people will still be name checking years hence
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Richard Mowe
Boxoffice Magazine
September 19, 2008
With no star names and a tough subject, it will be hard sell despite being a runaway hit on its home turf.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
September 18, 2008
Trying to address important and serious social issues in this violent world rather than just creating something sensationalistic or exploitative gives Elite Squad an edge over normal police thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric Kohn
New York Press
September 17, 2008
Elite Squad succeeds at putting the worst of the violent spectacles on screen, primarily through a series of nicely staged shootouts and torture sequences.
Top Critic
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
[José Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism.
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 15, 2008
It bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like The French Connection, in which only the fascists could do what needed to be done.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 8, 2008
Padilha gets as close to the daily violence as City of God, though this feels more like a documentary than an epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 8, 2008
Padilha's style, honed in his hijack documentary Bus 174, is verismo with a vengeance. For two hours the viewer feels as hand-held as the camera, hauled about by the neck.

Total Film
August 8, 2008
Nothing is clear-cut in this intense brew of brutality, stupidity and genuine tragedy. We're left lamenting that it will go on, unless Brazil engages its brain before its fist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 8, 2008
It's a bit like a Latin American episode of The Bill written by Richard Littlejohn and directed by Chuck Norris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 8, 2008
An action-drama that's fascinating for its insights into Rio's social structures. But while it's compellingly intense, it's also morally muddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rosamund Witcher
Empire Magazine
August 8, 2008
Despite the voiceover, Padilha has created a shocking insight into a world in which corrupt cops slug it out against drug dealers but, ultimately, nobody wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
June 22, 2008
You'll swear you smell gunpowder during the earthshaking gunfights of "Elite Squad." Forget John Woo's Hong Kong, or Sergio Leone's West. With bullet-slinging gusto, director Jose Padilha ("Bus 174") proudly pronounces Rio de Janeiro the bloodiest onscree
| Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
GreenCine
June 16, 2008
... for all the glorification of the mercenary methods of this elite squad, it's still a fascinating portrait of a nightmarish police and crime culture and a vivid narrative.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 13, 2008
Subtle shades of friendship are lost in a melee of violence, which quickly crescendos and then maintains a one-note intensity for the duration of the film, punctuated only by an ill-advised narratorial voice that serves to keep the viewer at arm's length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 3, 2008
A tough and realistic cop story that stays believable from beginning to end while delivering the truth about loyalty, courage and gut-wringing fear on an inner city military mission with no second chances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
May 2, 2008
A very compelling movie that's almost ruined by a horrible narration track.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 22, 2008
Pois é infinitamente mais recompensador assistir a um filme que estimula a discussão e a auto-análise do que um que, por covardia ou falta de ambição, limita-se a seguir a corrente do politicamente correto.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor
September 25, 2008
Given that Brazil, as a Latin American moviemaking powerhouse, steadily produces vibrant, vital films of real impact and humanity, it's a crime itself that Elite Squad may be the only Brazilian film that American audiences see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 20, 2008
A depressing film that celebrates brute strength as the only means to stem the tide of violence and crime in Rio de Janeiro.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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