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: January 17, 2003
DVD 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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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

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

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
Carlos Magalhães
With an elaborate plot centered on a dozen characters (most of which are played by excellent amateur actors from slums), Meirelles creates a stylized and… 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
Letitia Lew
If you don't like guns, this movie will be very painful for you. But a compelling glimpse into gang violence in Brazil in the 1970s.
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
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