Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
Cidade dos Homens (City of Men) (2007)

Two lifelong friends raised amidst the turmoil of Rio de Janeiro's notorious Pool Hall Hill attempt to navigate the treacherous maze of adulthood after celebrating their 18th birthdays and becoming caught up in the city's endless… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brutal and unflinching, City of Men is both a harrowing look at Brazil's favela life, and a touching tale of youths rushed into adulthood.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It plays like a Western, and the violence, while plentiful and visceral, rarely has the kind of raw impact you want in a movie such as this. Morelli keeps most of the blood off-camera.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The story might have been lifted from an old Warner Brothers melodrama, though it's smartly paced, sincerely delivered, and consistently absorbing.

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Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Along comes a sequel of sorts, City of Men, but the difference is clear right from the first frame: Meirelles is gone and so is the intensity. What's left is a mix of credible sociology and tired melodrama, along with a palpable sense of déjà vu.

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Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Where City of God was ferocious, grandiose, and glamorous, this movie is modest and intimate, acoustic where the other was desperate to electrify.

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Jake Coyle
Associated Press

Though the histrionics of City of Men are a bit obvious, and it lacks the bravado of City of God, it's ultimately a more rewarding film.

Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

A must for fans of the TV series, as it continues the unique formula of mixing fun, fantasy, fear, and frankness, for 2 young men barely surviving to adulthood together.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
As two friends from the slums of Rio approach their 18th birthdays, a war between two gangs tears their community apart. Continuing the themes of City Of God,… More
Gordon A
Episodic collection of tales which offer a fascinating further insight into favela life in the vain of 'City of God'. Runs out of original plots in… More
Phil Hubbs
To be honest I was let down with this, after the harrowing, depressing kill fest of the original this is actually pretty tame. Not much killing and not much… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Ace: Now there are just the two of us. Following the success of the brilliant film, City of God, a spinoff TV show was created in Brazil, which ran for four… More
Carlos Magalhães
A worthy follow-up and conclusion to the TV series, but unfairly shadowed by the impact and greatness of Cidade de Deus. The two long-time friends now deal with… More
Rico Zamora
City of Men (the sequel to City of God) manages to be a great deal better than its predecessor. This movie, like the previous, continues the theme of showing… More