Lower City (Cidade Baixa) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lower City (Cidade Baixa) Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 18, 2006
Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer SÚrgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
With a distinct lack of action, Machado resorts to far too many close-ups of his stars until, as good-looking as they are, you tire of looking at them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
August 12, 2006
Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
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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
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2006
This frenetic potboiler about a love triangle on the Salvador waterfront smacks of liberal slumming and bristles with faux authenticity.
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June 16, 2006
The film is gritty and graphic, with 'artsy' takes where the camera holds on a motionless actor. But art it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 16, 2006
Machado remains nonjudgmental while getting convincing performances from Braga and, as the young men, Lazaro Ramos and Wagner Moura.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 16, 2006
There's also something patronizing about the zeal with which Machado wallows in the muck, especially since his characters' lives revolve entirely around sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 15, 2006
The movie turns out to be a predictable and somewhat sentimental lower-depths love triangle, but Ms. Braga almost makes it work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 14, 2006
A pleasurably swollen Brazilian soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 13, 2006
It's slick homogeneity, co-produced by Salles and co-funded by the Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobras, of a kind that commonly finds U.S. distribution while far better, riskier, more memorable films on the international table are ignored.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
June 12, 2006
In the end, Lower City is never quite as energetic as it wants to be, touched by the strange, milky lethargy that steeps every waterfront film.
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Deborah Young
Variety
February 18, 2006
Though the storyline is dirt simple (can friendship outlive jealousy?) and not particularly meaningful or involving, the action in this character-driven film is scintillatingly sexy.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
December 6, 2005
Lower City is essentially an intimate, well-observed, compassionate film about what happens when lust gets in the way of friendship.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
September 26, 2005
It's unlikely that even the most sophisticated or jaded of festival audiences will kindly endure the onslaught of viciousness on display.