Linha de Passe
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Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles Jr. helms this story of a band of brothers intent on getting out of the Brazilian ghetto in a Media Rights Capital production. Co-directing is Daniela Thomas, from a script she wrote with George Moura (Moro No Brasil) and Salles. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Salles and Thomas's movie contains some extraordinary moments and its fine editing injects a dynamic cross-cutting energy."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"This story of four brothers in São Paulo has a lively neorealist vibe that's utterly involving. And the characters are so vividly drawn by the filmmakers and cast that their mixture of hope and hopelessness really gets under our skin."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"At the end of the day there just isn't enough Brazilian flair to support a drawn-out encounter."
‑ , Sun Online
"Where most pictures about families end with huggy closure, this one ends in splinters, in pain, and with five different kinds of sudden, desperate hope."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A moving tale of working-class travails in modern Brazil that puts the carnage of City Of God and its ilk in sharp relief."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"Walter Salles' humanistic approach is evident in this film, which offers a poignant look of how Brazil has changed over the past decade."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It is as authentic as Salles and Thomas can make it even if it sometimes seems that, apart from the football angle, we have seen it all before. But if you haven't, then it's a real eye-opener."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"When a film strives this hard to be non-controversial and fashionably non-judgmental, it takes a lot of the sting out of its social comment. It just ends up as defeatist, liberal hand-wringing."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"Heartfelt, well acted and confidently shot. But it is frustrating, because of a creeping reliance on favela-drama mannerisms and a culpable failure to think up an ending."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Expertly crafted, you leave the cinema with São Paulo's dirt under your fingernails."
‑ Anna Hart, Empire Magazine
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The curse of modern Brazilian cinema, it increasingly seems, is that every film reminds us of City of God while none measures up to it."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Pleasingly, there are no cosy resolutions here; it's up to the viewer to decide each character's fate. Want a happy ending? Work for it."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Ultimately, there is an optimism to the film, albeit one that is tempered by the poignancy of lives shadowed by São Paulo's harsh indifference."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Brazil-based drama directed by Walter Salles that went down well at Cannes this year. Of course, women hardly exist in this macho world."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
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