Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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.
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.
September 19, 2008
For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.
September 19, 2008
Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
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 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.
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.
September 2, 2008
Padilha succumbs to monotonous, hollow flamboyance with his City of God clone.
August 8, 2008
The moral dilemmas are gripping, but the film takes itself far too seriously to ever connect with us.
August 8, 2008
A film that simply doesn't have enough cinematic flair to make it a better than average cops and robbers thriller.
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.
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
It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
April 21, 2008
An instruction manual of sorts that doesn't illuminate police corruption and violence so much as it revels in it.