Elite Squad

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33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 162 Ratings

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  • Summary: Inspired by true events. Two childhood friends decide to enlist in Rio de Janeiro's Military Police Department. After juggling their police jobs and college, both make up their minds to try out for a Special Operations Squad whose mission is to take down the drug-lords that plague the city.Inspired by true events. Two childhood friends decide to enlist in Rio de Janeiro's Military Police Department. After juggling their police jobs and college, both make up their minds to try out for a Special Operations Squad whose mission is to take down the drug-lords that plague the city. Both men struggle to survive, facing the daily challenges of dealing with pressure at home and fighting an unnamed war on the streets. (The Weinstein Company) Expand

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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. 70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    40
    A one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs.
  4. Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
  5. 25
    It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.
  6. 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.
  7. A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. FlorencioF.
    Feb 12, 2008
    10
    Jason C, Violence in Rio de Janeiro is a reality, in which the fund is the middle class and foreign tourists seeking in our cities sex Jason C, Violence in Rio de Janeiro is a reality, in which the fund is the middle class and foreign tourists seeking in our cities sex tourism. If the film plays the violence and corupção, it is not the fault of the director, is simply the reality. The film is a work of art, principalmnete the amount spent. Expand
  2. CarlosB
    Oct 12, 2008
    10
    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 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. Expand
  3. PriscilaM
    May 10, 2008
    10
    Awesome portrait of Rio's drug traffic and police action that leads to deep social reflection.
  4. GuilhermeZ.
    Feb 28, 2009
    10
    I'm brazilian, and I must say: Elite Squad is one of the bests movies I've ever watched. The critics problably didn't I'm brazilian, and I must say: Elite Squad is one of the bests movies I've ever watched. The critics problably didn't understood the idea of the movie. It's not an apology to crime. It's just the reality as told by a policeman. His point of view is not necessarily the point of view of major brazilians. It's a film about poor conditions in stress areas and the lack of law. It's a portrait of the favelas and its day-a-day. Expand
  5. JoaoR
    Aug 7, 2009
    10
    Is simply one of the best movies i ever saw. Great acting, great story (there isn't a best story than the reality). My 10, like the Is simply one of the best movies i ever saw. Great acting, great story (there isn't a best story than the reality). My 10, like the other 10s give from the other users isn't a over rated score, the critics didn't know what they were seeing so DON'T LOOK AT THE 33 "metascore", because when you see this movie you will be suprised by this score for being so low, also all the other user scores are correct so won't write anything more. Enjoy this film. Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's funny how you, critical, give for Die Hard a metascore 70/100 and for Elite Squad 33/100. With $4.000.000, José Padilha made a good movie and beyond all realistic. this movie there is no American badass who combats stereotyped villains. The villains here are true, kills every day hundreds of innocent people. So the thing of this movie isn't the great special effects or the good plot. This movie is a message. Violent? Yes, but necessary. Best thriller I ever seen. Expand
  7. JasonC
    Feb 12, 2008
    2
    Horrible Film! Basicly there is no plot, but just free violence which seens to be defended by the director as a means to cope with the drug Horrible Film! Basicly there is no plot, but just free violence which seens to be defended by the director as a means to cope with the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro's poorest regions. The film brings us an unilateral view of violence and attempts to make the middle class responsible for it. Expand

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