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City of God(Cidade de Deus)

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Brazil, France · 2002
Rated R · 2h 10m
Director Fernando Meirelles
Starring Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva
Genre Drama, Crime

Ostracized on the outskirts of Rio, poor residents live in fear of drug-fueled gang violence. Three young men embark on different yet intertwined paths as they try to survive in this lawless place, where survival is often synonymous with crime.

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What are people saying?

Avery Herman Profile picture for Avery Herman

Cinematographically slick and undeniably powerful, City of God is full of both action and soul, marching to the beat of unrelenting samba music for the entirety of the film.

Meret Kelsey Profile picture for Meret Kelsey

This is the kind of film that sticks in your mind long after you see it. I was so transfixed by this movie, unable to look away despite how brutal it was. It's a tough watch, violent and unrelenting, but that only makes the unexpected moments of beauty even more beautiful. If you can stomach it, you will be absolutely glued to the screen.

What are critics saying?


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Meirelles's picture is so keen to brandish its social wrath, and its spirits are so rampagingly high, that the bruises it inflicts barely last a night. [20 January 2003, p. 94]


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

In its cinematic approach, though, the film is as slick as any Hollywood thriller, directed by Fernando Meirelles with visual flourishes - jazzy editing, lurid colors, crackling sound effects - that dilute the impact of what might have been an indelible cautionary tale.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

A potent and unexpected mixture of authenticity and flash -- even if this is what happened on the ground, making it worth our time on screen is just beyond the contortionist abilities of even this most acrobatic of films.


Time by Richard Corliss

The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

As the movie's frenetic visual rhythms and mood swings synchronize with the zany, adrenaline-fueled impulsiveness of its lost youth on the rampage, you may find yourself getting lost in this teeming netherworld.

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