Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 9, 2011
    The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 5, 2011
    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is pure pedagogic bliss.
  3. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Nov 8, 2011
    Both responding to and rebutting critics who dubbed its predecessor fascist, José Padilha's superior sequel to 2007's "Elite Squad" doubles down on the kill-'em-all rhetoric while placing its trigger-happy heroes in a larger context.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Nov 7, 2011
    When this "Enemy Within" settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining.
  5. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    Nov 6, 2011
    A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 8, 2011
    It's fast, it's sure, it's violent and it's fun, even as it sometimes pushes the limits of ready coherence or dramatic plausibility.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Dec 1, 2011
    Propulsive, hyper-violent and ridiculously exciting, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within can be described as "The Wire" transplanted to Rio de Janeiro.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 30, 2011
    Here's a Brazilian thriller that's so angry and specifically political, it's hard to believe they got away with making it.
  9. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 11, 2011
    A crackling musical score and eye-popping cinematography add to the nonstop ferocity, and Wagner Moura is charismatic as the head of the titular police unit.
  10. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Nov 9, 2011
    Padilha's film has a witheringly low opinion of most people - the gangs are no better than animals, the regular police are gleefully corrupt, the liberal intellectuals are sanctimonious fools, and the politicians are only interested in protecting themselves.
  11. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 9, 2011
    Padilha channeled national frustrations into zeitgeist entertainment. The follow-up, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, has less success than the first installment in achieving that aim, but still keeps the snazzy combination of spectacle and polemics in check.
  12. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 1, 2011
    This is jammed with cliches but completely engrossing, in the manner of a movie ardently in love with its own bullshit.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 10, 2011
    The carnage, although explicit and frequent, is not grotesquely overdone. But except for Mr. Moura's Nascimento, the movie doesn't have the same richness of characters. Psychologically he is the whole show; the rest are stereotypes.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 7, 2011
    Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie.
  15. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 30, 2011
    Almost everyone is scum. The venality spreads from the slums or favelas, up the ranks of local militias, crooked police and pandering politicians.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 17, 2011
    The rest is an adrenaline ride, but one more wearying than eye-opening.
  17. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 10, 2011
    The movie's intensity is given crucial depth via Moura's somber and unshowy performance.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Nov 8, 2011
    Will test the ideological mettle of law-and-order conservatives and lefty peaceniks alike.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 27, 2012
    The first movie had an un-precedent success in Brazil. Thought may be seen like just another action movie, it touched deep into major problems in Brasil and his echo was huge in building a conviction the attitude of authorities and citizens should change in the Country. It was a national phenomena and this sequel, even without capable of delivering the same original impact is absolutely competent in moving further on the subject and again to move the audiences in Brazil like no other film could ever done. Full Review »
  2. Dec 20, 2011
    Build upon the spectacular success of it's predecessor, the second installment of Tropa de Elite is quite a different movie. The plot is deeper, better thought out, even more engaging and, dare I say it, more mature. Nascimento, now outside of BOPE and locked behid the desk, tries to take on the system, treading carefuly in the dangerous zone where crime, corruption, intrigue and politics mix - zone where every step could be his last. Yet, devoted to his work, he grows distant to his beloved son... Elite Squad: The Enemy Within has a bigger budget than the first movie, and it shows in pretty every single aspect. A polished, vibrant, original movie, a must see for the fans of Tropa de Elite and quite a fine movie, worth watching for everyone else. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2014
    Tropa de Elite 2 mostra a realidade cuspida fria da violência e política nacional, com atuações impecáveis, direção inteligente consegue se manter num nível mais elevado que seu antecessor. Full Review »