Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco)
Pixote (Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco) (1981)

The Brazilian Pixote so closely resembles the films of Luis Bu˝uel that one is almost shocked to see writer/director Hector Babenco's name on the credits. This is hardly the only shock in this near-hallucinatory cinematic experience.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 11, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Cole Smithey
Daily Radar

"Pixote" is an amazing cinematic social document made with fury and passion by an uncompromising director. There has never been another film that approaches its depiction of Brazil's condemned youth, not even "City of God."

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Emanuel Levy

Though shapeless, Hector Babenco's docu-style social expose about homeless kids in Brazil contains some of the most harrowing scenes about street children in any film; a companion piece to Bunuel's Los Olvidados and De Sica's Bicycle Thief and Shoeshine

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Cole Smithey

Hector Babenco's masterpiece.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

A harrowing film about a destitute youth living in Brazil.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Pixote' grandfathered other reality-based slum violence efforts heavier in their visual mayhem but not any more so in emotional impact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos MagalhŃes
A hard-hitting portrait of the miserable childhood faced by many minors who don't see any way ahead of them but a life of crime in Brazil, and it is even… More
Adam Mahler
unlike City of God, this is the movie about Brazilian street kids that has unflinching sensitivity toward its characters no matter how horrible their lives… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A not so pleasant peek into the slums of latin america. Few films achieve such heartwrenching misery and crudeness. No MTV videoclip style of cinematography and… More
Lucas Martins
The cold reality of homeless children, that do everything to survive in a cruel brazilian society. A shocking film, a social critic cinematographic with great… More