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  • Summary: Welcome to the world's most notorious slum: Rio de Janeiro's 'City of God.' A place where combat photographers fear to tread, where Police rarely go, and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. This is the true story of a young man who grew up on these streets and whose ambition as a photographer is our window in and ultimately may be him only way out. (Miramax) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
  2. 100
    Meticulous in its descriptions of well-intended individuals caught up in these ferocious waves of street crime.
  3. 100
    Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, it announces a new director of great gifts and passions: Fernando Meirelles.
  4. Undeniably powerful, the work also comes with its own built-in shield against feeling any one character's difficulties too deeply, or for too long.
  5. In God's ghetto, as in so many of the world's forsaken places, warring armies of infants brandish their weapons of self-destruction, while politicians bluster and inspectors sleep.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (not credited)
    Predictably, the violence is overwhelming. But the massacres are glamorized, and the characters look like they're posing for tourism posters.
  7. Undeniably powerful, but also rather numbing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  1. Petra
    Sep 19, 2005
    Great movie.
  2. Aug 1, 2012
    Filmogaphy on this move is an evolution of anything hollywood ever acomplished. A real lesson on how to film a story that screams reality. One of the most violent movies ever made is also one of the most beautifully filmed. Expand
  3. BrianC.
    Oct 16, 2006
    Greatest film of all time. I loved the film irreversible and didn
  4. j30
    Jan 26, 2012
    City of God is a great movie. There's no doubt in my mind that it'll go down as one of the greatest of all-time. Beautiful cinematography, great direction, fantastic acting, this is one of the more artistic movies you'll see ever. This movie is up there with The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Pulp Fiction. Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2014
    Brazilian Goodfellas from a low-rent perspective. Unique characters drift in and out of gang life, trying to survive in their own ways. Touches us with elements of familiarity and shows how if the environment were a bit different, these horrible options could become a reality anywhere. Great movie. Well done. Expand
  6. May 2, 2012
    City of God tells its story through multiple small stories and numerous characters yet the tale it tells and the world it shows is remarkably cohesive. A bleak picture is painted of 1960's Rio, one where goodness is easily corrupted and the corrupted hold the power. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2014
    this movie bored me to tears by showing completely unoriginal sob story about poor and dumb kid who spends his time pursuing photography as a career in a piss poor city but instead of talking about himself directly the movie concentrates on his environment. The characters are all unoriginal and uninterested and all get killed before any emotional attachment can be made.
    If you like to watch movies to feel sorry some poor underprivileged and dumb this movie is for you if you like a good crime drama stay away from this,

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