Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad)
Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad) (2007)

For decades, the South American metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has clocked in as staggeringly lethal. Its violence-scarred and blood-strewn ghettos (or "favelas") are regularly patrolled by crazed drug gangs whose open-fire… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brutal, action heavy, Brazilian cop film with a pointless voiceover. Lacks flair, overdoes the violence and is never quite sure where its morals lie.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

For nearly two hours, Padilha bombards viewers with senseless, sickening violence for its own sake.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

[José Padilha] recariously pitches the squad's brute force as less a necessary evil than the outgrowth of an existing evil -- a no-win situation that mocks liberal ideals and warps conservative pragmatism into domestic terrorism.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A satisfactory enough cop movie, but not one that people will still be name checking years hence

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Elite Squad is a relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

It bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like The French Connection, in which only the fascists could do what needed to be done.

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Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor

Given that Brazil, as a Latin American moviemaking powerhouse, steadily produces vibrant, vital films of real impact and humanity, it's a crime itself that Elite Squad may be the only Brazilian film that American audiences see this year.

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David Fear
Time Out

Elite Squad can't decide whether it wants to pull the lid back on what urban decay has wrought or simply open up a can of whup ass.

David Jenkins
Time Out

It is impressively made, but leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A depressing film that celebrates brute strength as the only means to stem the tide of violence and crime in Rio de Janeiro.

Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Michael S
This is documentary-style filmmaking at it's most raw and forceful; it'll hit you like a freight train! "Elite Squad" is a landmark of… More
xGary Xx
A pair of young recruits join Rio De Janeiro's police "Elite Squad" and are given the task of cleaning up a gang controlled slum before a papal… More
Al S
An excellent and spectacularly entertaining movie. It`s truly terrific to watch and dose not get boring for a minute and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It… More
Cynthia S.
For some reason, I just couldn't get into this movie. It was well done, but just too much craziness going on for me, I guess.
Luke Baldock
In the slums of Rio de Janeiro drugs are the currency of choice and the police are in on the action, but when things get really bad it is the job of the Elite… More
Pierluigi Puccini
If I was going to judge a film only by my moral standpoint I'd say this is another pamphlet that tries to convince people that the only answer to deal with… More