Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) Reviews

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 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 17, 2008
[Jos Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism.
September 15, 2008
It bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like The French Connection, in which only the fascists could do what needed to be done.
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
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.