City of God

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 400 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 400

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  1. ChadS.
    Mar 30, 2003
    5
    "City of God" is passionate. This movie has loads of energy to spare. Like Baz Luhrmann, Fernando Meirelles knows how to work the MTV film grammar. But because "City of God" is so dazzling to look at, perhaps, the tragic circumstances these Brazilian kids have to work with is somehow undermined by the virtuoso camera-work and editing. "City of God" is too much fun. For example, without "City of God" is passionate. This movie has loads of energy to spare. Like Baz Luhrmann, Fernando Meirelles knows how to work the MTV film grammar. But because "City of God" is so dazzling to look at, perhaps, the tragic circumstances these Brazilian kids have to work with is somehow undermined by the virtuoso camera-work and editing. "City of God" is too much fun. For example, without revealing any plot points, a scene of revenge towards the end reeks of showboating in its cleverness. "City of God" uses an inappropriate approach to tell its story. Expand
  2. GaborA.
    Jul 24, 2004
    4
    Utter dissapointment. This movies downfall is repetitiveness. Every single dramatic element in this movie involves gun shots. Like using too many exclamation points in a paper doing this makes the drama lose its meaning. Other issues besides direct violence have to be introduced into a movie to make it meaningfull. The movie let me understand the problem of immense violence, but the Utter dissapointment. This movies downfall is repetitiveness. Every single dramatic element in this movie involves gun shots. Like using too many exclamation points in a paper doing this makes the drama lose its meaning. Other issues besides direct violence have to be introduced into a movie to make it meaningfull. The movie let me understand the problem of immense violence, but the repetition trumped the ultimate goal which was to evoke sympathy. Expand
  3. DaveH.
    Nov 19, 2006
    4
    Such a waste of great performances. No characters are fleshed out to the extent that they become interesting in any way. Rocket, despite being the protagonist, takes a passive, peripheral backseat to the action. The young Lil' Dice is played brilliantly and is a very convincing psychopath, but we get to know little about either him or other characters. My interest in the film Such a waste of great performances. No characters are fleshed out to the extent that they become interesting in any way. Rocket, despite being the protagonist, takes a passive, peripheral backseat to the action. The young Lil' Dice is played brilliantly and is a very convincing psychopath, but we get to know little about either him or other characters. My interest in the film wandered constantly with so much of the narrative being devoted to exposition. Inconsequential informaion about characters' history and the logistics of the favella drug circuits is divulged by the truckload while the actual story plods throughout. Dramatically hollow and inertly paced, and this is meant to be a thriller? I have no desire to see this film again. Expand
  4. Lawrence
    Sep 12, 2005
    5
    I actually feel my grade may be too high. Think the facelessly cheap Black Hawk Down or Spielberg's idiotic mechanical War of the Worlds, only relocated to the slums of Brazil and replete with its own set of hollow cardboard characters. Honestly, what's all the fuss about? For the record, I vastly prefer video games where, y'know, I'm in CONTROL. And boast better I actually feel my grade may be too high. Think the facelessly cheap Black Hawk Down or Spielberg's idiotic mechanical War of the Worlds, only relocated to the slums of Brazil and replete with its own set of hollow cardboard characters. Honestly, what's all the fuss about? For the record, I vastly prefer video games where, y'know, I'm in CONTROL. And boast better dialogue. They exist, ppl. Expand
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. It takes a strong stomach to sit through its two-plus hours of non-stop brutality (much of it involving very small children).
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    The film is seductive, disturbing, enthralling -- a trip to hell that gives the passengers a great ride.
  3. 50
    Full of action, but no soul.