Madame Satã


Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

Critic Reviews

  1. No-nonsense critiques of Brazil's endemic poverty and deeply flawed criminal-justice system lend substance to what otherwise might have seemed a flimsy and sensationalistic tale.
  2. The movie covers only the early years of his (Joao Francisco dos Santos) rise to fame and apparently enduring legend, but the camera never pulls back to provide a social or historical context.
  3. One of those films that takes up a potentially fascinating subject only to fumble it.
  4. 50
    The result leaves the movie feeling like a one-note take on a complex subject.
  5. As a biopic, the movie has several shortcomings, but as a background story Madame Satã is full of atmosphere.
  6. 40
    Madame Sata may be based on real events, but it's certainly not a very pleasant introduction to Rio's bohemian scene, circa 1931. Nor is it a very pleasant movie to endure in its own right.

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