Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
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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 cycle of violence in director Paulo Morelli's companion piece to the Golden Globe-winning drama City of God. Laranjinha (Darlan Cunha) and Acerola (Douglas Silva) may not be bound by blood, but these childhood friends are closer to one another than most brothers. While their friendship has gone a long way in helping them both to cope with the strife that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The story might have been lifted from an old Warner Brothers melodrama, though it's smartly paced, sincerely delivered, and consistently absorbing."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"It's all perfectly serviceable -- but it wants for freshness and vitality."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"It's decent enough but I just wish that it tried for something a little more fresh."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"[It has] a real ring of authenticity in every scene."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Despite its sincerity -- and the beautiful visuals -- the often-disjointed story takes too long to gain traction."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Both Silva and Cunha (who reprise their roles from the television show) do make compelling leads and their performances add needed weight and shadings to their underwritten characters."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"An engaging and frequently tense drama with terrific performances from its two young leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Where City of God was ferocious, grandiose, and glamorous, this movie is modest and intimate, acoustic where the other was desperate to electrify."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"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."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Where City of God provided a heartbreaking insight into Rio's flavelas and gang warfare . . . this film ends up more like a standard buddy movie set against a gangland battle scene"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The likable performances, hot, sweaty atmosphere and decently mounted action scenes make this entertaining fare."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
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