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Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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Kam Williams
University City Review
June 16, 2007
A gritty, Brazilian drama which called for Alice Braga to be naked and in heat nearly non-stop, whether in a bed with a boyfriend or one of her assortedy Johns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2006
There are sections of the screenplay that lead nowhere and I also find the ending makes the film rather incomplete. Yet it's a gripping work, and a powerful journey while it lasts.

Sight and Sound
September 28, 2006
A likeable and accomplished addition to the Latin American new wave.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2006
For stretches it's enough to enjoy the grungy but gorgeous locations, the soulful performances of the three leads and the frequent, ravenous sex scenes. OK, for long stretches it's enough.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 26, 2006
The toastiest summer on record is but an intermittently flickering 40-watt bulb when held up to the positively incendiary sexual firestorm that is Brazilian import Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 18, 2006
The setting is far more enticing than the story. Sometimes, that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
August 18, 2006
Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 18, 2006
A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 18, 2006
Brazilian director Sergio Machado once worked as an assistant to Walter Salles, but fortunately, his new film as director, Lower City is alive in ways that Salles could not conceive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 4, 2006
Any social comments the film might contain fall by the wayside in your brain, pushed aside by the bullet: 'Karinna's topless again!' That's life in Lower City.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 4, 2006
Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2006
Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2006
Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Machado scores a strong debut with this look at young hustlers in a lovers' triangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 27, 2006
Machado ... saturates his directorial debut with rich, golden color, defining it with close, handheld shots that accentuate the feeling of skin on skin.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 6, 2006
The result is something you've seen many times but never quite like this.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 6, 2006
Machado allowed his actors plenty of space to internalize and create their moments, which consist of rage hidden behind subtleties, libidinous pressure at the edge of containment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 30, 2006
As universal as the plot may be, it must be said that Karinna, Deco and Naldinho's longings, resentments, economic desperation and confusions are unnervingly palpable throughout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2006
The themes are all familiar and the plot unfolds slowly and in predictable ways, but there's plenty of heat generated by the three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
June 23, 2006
Brazilian actress Alice Braga (niece of legendary Sonia Braga) is something special: beautiful and innocent without make-up, seasoned and hard in a pair of short shorts and a gold push-up bra.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 17, 2006
This is nothing really special, but it gets the job done.
Read More | Original Score: 2.7/5
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