Cidade de Deus (City of God)
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Fernando Meirelles' City of God is a sweeping tale of how crime affects the poor population of Rio de Janeiro. Though the narrative skips around in time, the main focus is on Cabeleira who formed a gang called the Tender Trio. He and his best friend, Bené (Phelipe Haagensen), become crime lords over the course of a decade. When Bené is killed before he can retire, Lil' Zé attempts to take out his arch enemy, Sandro Cenoura (Matheus Nachtergaele). But Sandro and a young gangster named Mane form an alliance and begin a gang war with Lil' Zé. Amateur photographer Buscape (Alexandre… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"I came away from this film impressed by its narrative control but unmoved by anything it had to say."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Difficult to watch but hard to look away from."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Another passionate piece of Latin American filmmaking, which documents a tragic period in Rio's history and highlights the horrors of life in poverty-line communities. Technically a remarkable filmmaking achievement too."
‑ , Film4
"Brazillian director Mereilles' splashy feature debut, a dynamically exciting portrait of Rio's violent gangs, immediately established himsef as an international talent to watch, and the Oscar nods only reaffirmed that status."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Fernando Meirelles creates an aura of fear unlike any film in recent memory."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"City of God delivers a bruising, visceral experience of the vicious spiral of violence that draws kids into a life of crime, brutality and murder as the only avenue open to them."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"The living conditions it projects are as horrendous as I had feared, but the movie is surprisingly easy to take as a rollicking homicidal entertainment."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Powerful, but only for 17 and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Fernando Meirelles' Brazilian slum epic is a profound, stylistically expansive depiction of three decades of child gang warfare on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro with non-actors playing their poverty-ridden lives for the camera."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Kinetic, exciting, brutal, it's a supreme achievement and better than almost any film you're likely to see this year."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The performances, many from non-pros, are terrific."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Hard to watch but even harder to tear your eyes away from."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Each chapter is endowed with powerful, uncompromising, beguiling and, sometimes, deceptive momentum. What seem like innocuous turns become so critical to the narrative that they tie into the ruthless idea at hand: You never see the bullet that kills you."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The visceral and artistic excitement remains surface-bound."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"City of God is not the easiest film to watch, but it is a masterpiece all the same, maybe the best crime drama since the Godfather films."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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