Lower City (Cidade Baixa)
Lower City (Cidade Baixa) (2006)

A simple cruise turns into a jealous battle for the affections of a sultry prostitute as the co-owners of a small cargo boat make their way down the Brazilian coastline in director Sergio Machado's stylish and sultry erotic drama. Deco… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This familiar story of a tension-fraught love triangle wavers between brutality and steamy sex.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Everything feels obvious and by-the-numbers, as if director and co-writer Sérgio Machado was constrained by archetypes and narrative tradition.

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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe

Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.

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Kam Williams
University City Review

A gritty, Brazilian drama which called for Alice Braga to be naked and in heat nearly non-stop, whether in a bed with a boyfriend or one of her assortedy Johns.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

With a distinct lack of action, Machado resorts to far too many close-ups of his stars until, as good-looking as they are, you tire of looking at them.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Strong performances by the three leads ... help to make up for the story's sliver of a plot.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The meager plot is no more than a clothesline upon which to hang some heated sex scenes and ugly violence.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A steamy love triangle that may earn our attention primarily on prurient interest, but ends up being honestly involving.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Tells a familiar story with an emotional intensity and a high eroticism that makes a lacerating impact.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

There are sections of the screenplay that lead nowhere and I also find the ending makes the film rather incomplete. Yet it's a gripping work, and a powerful journey while it lasts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Average high octane Brazilian drama film I ever watched, but Alice Braga is hot in her nudity and sex scenes.