Carandiru (2004)

In a cell inside São Paulo's House of Detention, better known as Carandiru, two inmates have a score to settle. The atmosphere is tense. Another inmate, Black Nigger, a kind of "judge" for settling disputes among prisoners,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 14, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A gritty, poignant, and shocking prison movie.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

We're served up meaty, often spicy, slices of sadly wasted lives.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Despite its structural flaws, Carandiru presents more interesting characters than you'd see in a dozen other prison movies.

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Cole Smithey

"Carandiru" is a soulful movie that eschews glamour and formula to present a thoughtful meditation on an endemic prison reality that reaches far beyond the confines of the richest city in South America.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The movie has a tactile reality. You can almost smell it.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Babenco brings the place and the prisoners alive.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Carandiru could have been a great prison drama, but it mixed its genres so thoroughly in an attempt to make it entertaining and accessible that I felt it lost its bite.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Has moments of raw, unflinching power.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The two-part structure feels inescapably manipulative.

Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

Humanity struggles out from under a maximally oppressive system, commenting by haunting metaphor on life outside the prison walls.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
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Lucas Martins
A breathtaking film, that talk about prisoners with AIDS, life in prison, prejudice and homosexuality. All seen by the doctor Drauzio Varella. A true story… More
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Bruce Bruce
This is worth all 2 hours and 28 Minutes of your time. The best movie I've seen in a while and one of the top's when it comes to English Subtitles.… More
Lesley N
Damon Runyon-ish. A collection of stories about the charactrs in a Brazillian prison. building up to a violent riot.