Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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August 8, 2008
It's a bit like a Latin American episode of The Bill written by Richard Littlejohn and directed by Chuck Norris.
August 8, 2008
It's just a pity the story is so slipshod - it only really gets going halfway through.
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.
August 8, 2008
Nascimento's penchant for Rambo theatrics is unfortunate, because elsewhere Elite Squad has interesting things to say.
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.
August 8, 2008
It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
May 2, 2008
A very compelling movie that's almost ruined by a horrible narration track.
April 21, 2008
An instruction manual of sorts that doesn't illuminate police corruption and violence so much as it revels in it.
January 22, 2008
Pois infinitamente mais recompensador assistir a um filme que estimula a discusso e a auto-anlise do que um que, por covardia ou falta de ambio, limita-se a seguir a corrente do politicamente correto.
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