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Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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September 19, 2008
A poor man's City of God that suggests the only answer to the problems of Brazil's slums are blazing guns wielded by a neo-fascist police force.
September 2, 2008
Padilha succumbs to monotonous, hollow flamboyance with his City of God clone.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 19, 2008
Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
Read More | Original Score: .5/5
September 3, 2008
The film's message is that all of society is corrupt, so it doesn't matter who gets killed. It's a propaganda movie that shows no empathy for its characters or for its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 8, 2008
It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
August 8, 2008
The moral dilemmas are gripping, but the film takes itself far too seriously to ever connect with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
August 8, 2008
It's just a pity the story is so slipshod - it only really gets going halfway through.
April 21, 2008
An instruction manual of sorts that doesn't illuminate police corruption and violence so much as it revels in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 19, 2008
For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 8, 2008
Nascimento's penchant for Rambo theatrics is unfortunate, because elsewhere Elite Squad has interesting things to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 8, 2008
Here is the biggest, fattest, dampest squib of the week: perhaps the most disappointing film ever to have won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 8, 2008
A film that simply doesn't have enough cinematic flair to make it a better than average cops and robbers thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 17, 2008
Elite Squad can't decide whether it wants to pull the lid back on what urban decay has wrought or simply open up a can of whup ass.
Read More | Original Score: 2/6
August 8, 2008
As for the plot, flashy editing and an over-reliance on jittery handheld cameras mean you'll struggle to tell what's going on - if you haven't already given up by then.
May 2, 2008
A very compelling movie that's almost ruined by a horrible narration track.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
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