Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives Elite Squad an air of sociological realism--it bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like "The French Connection."
  2. A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
  3. 25
    It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.
  4. Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
  5. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    This latest pounding slice-of-thug-life thriller from Brazil packs the same cinematic firepower as "City of God," only on the other side of the law.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Pokes and prods the viewer to watch the brutal, indiscriminate methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops and then demands only one conclusion: That cops in Rio's drug-infested slums must do what they do and if that means rampant point-blank executions, so be it.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. CarlosB
    Oct 12, 2008
    The movie is based on the book "Elte of the Squad" (own translation), which was written by former police officers from the "BOPE" unit, in Rio. It is an espectacular thriller with both extraordinary history and action (the action scenes done by the same guy of "BlackHawk Down") - the relation between the caracters resembles "Training Day", but the movie is mainly a portrait of real life in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro. It does not reflect any opinion about violence, but describes the enviroment by the point of view of one the characters, cap. Nascimento. The movie leaves to the audience to analyse and make his own conclusions. To call it "fascist propaganda" is an absurd, paranoid mistake. It's just ignorance. Full Review »
  2. Mar 8, 2011
    Also, if you don't like this kind of movie, why in hell did you bother watching it at all? You FAILED to understand the plot of this movie, and it was NEVER incoherent. You people have amazed me this time. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2014
    Duro e realĂ­stico, a crĂ­tica social de Tropa de Elite evidentimente o que anda acontecendo no Brasil nos dias de hoje, um dos melhores filmes nacionais Full Review »