User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15

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  1. BarryS.
    Mar 4, 2005
    9
    Near masterpiece - ignore those jaded critics who mark it down.
  2. chitrav.
    Oct 7, 2007
    8
    This is a movie which is a compelling depiction of humanity:who decides whom to judge and why ? Glad this prison is closed now but what about the international prison Guantanomo..three hundred Pakistanis alone there taken in connivance with the country's government!
  3. PenelopeP.
    Aug 10, 2004
    7
    Interesting and tragic film with only the smallest glimmer of hope. Albeit characters can appear stereotypical its characters evolve within this film, not always for the best. It asks the viewer for compassion for charcters regardless of their crimes and status. It is touching and powerful- definately worth viewing.
  4. Jan 4, 2014
    6
    A realidade exposta no filme de arrepiar, Carandiru interessante mostrando com detalhes o que aconteceu na antiga casa de dentenção.................
  5. Dec 24, 2014
    8
    Um dos melhores filmes brasileiros já feito. Rodrigo Santoro, Caio Blat, Wagner Moura são ótimos atores.
    P.S. pena que o filme é dirigido por um argentino. (Brincadeiras a parte, vale a pena assistir).
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    A large, magnificent cast brings this story vividly to life, supported by superb art direction and technical contributions. Capped by Babenco's vigorous, often ferocious direction, the film is a towering achievement, offering an unforgettable portrayal of the lives and plight of the forgotten.
  2. The movie observes and dramatizes, yet seeks no overriding social moral.
  3. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    60
    A low-structure, high-involvement Brazilian free-for-all destined to take its place among hellish prison films, Carandiru plants a fist in the viewer's stomach.