Cidade de Deus (City of God)
Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 8, 2004
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A shocking and disturbing, but always compelling look at life in the slums of Rio de Janiero.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

I came away from this film impressed by its narrative control but unmoved by anything it had to say.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Difficult to watch but hard to look away from.

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Film4

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.

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David Rooney
Variety

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful, but only for 17 and up.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The performances, many from non-pros, are terrific.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Hard to watch but even harder to tear your eyes away from.

Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A young boy grows up amid gang violence in Rio. More of a chronicle of disparate gangs than a cohesive plot, City of God is frenetic filmmaking at its finest.… More
Manu Gino
If you run it will get you. If you stay it will eat you. Great Film!!! Not only are the characters in City of God absolutely fascinating, and also very… More
Spencer S.
Many have compared this stunning depiction of gang life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, to Martin Scorsese's seminal "Goodfellas." While I… More
xGary Xx
Following the lives of a group of friends and their extended circle growing up in the slums of Rio De Janeiro, this story will strike a chord with the poor and… More
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
I like narrative movie and I was shock that this movie base on true story.A shocking and disturbing, but always compelling look at life in the slum dog of Rio… More
Idrees Khan
Disturbing does not come close to describing some of the scenes in this film, but what's even more disturbing is the fact that many of those scenes happen… More