Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 4, 2013
    100
    [Filho's] mastery of pacing, theme and stylistic eccentricity throughout Neighboring Sounds is so assured as to be breathtaking. Don't miss it.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Mar 18, 2013
    80
    Superbly judging tonal shifts and juggling disparate storylines, this snapshot of a Refice street reveals the class, gender, racial and historical fissures in Brazilian society, while also making for riveting drama right down to the shocking sting in the tail.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 6, 2012
    75
    Neighboring Sounds unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Aug 23, 2012
    75
    The film leisurely unfolds as a series of vignettes about class distinctions and crime, with an unexpected ending. It is beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 23, 2012
    90
    With his sound designer, Pablo Lamar, Mr. Mendonça has created the aural landscape of a horror movie. And, for much of its running time, a thriller without a plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 22, 2012
    83
    The beauty of the film is how organically its themes are presented - it's a slice of life that comes about its sweeping ideas with surprising delicacy.
  7. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 21, 2012
    60
    A tightening of the two-hour-plus running time might have enhanced the balance between Filho's epic, evocative style and his smaller story about a certain mode of modern life, its lonely confrontations, and the stubborn legacies of the past.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 21, 2012
    60
    Filho so completely calculates his causes and effects, even going so far as to have the villain of the piece literally swimming with sharks, that you never fully feel the senses-altering charge of a truly impassioned polemic.
  9. Reviewed by: Ela Bittencourt
    Aug 20, 2012
    63
    The images, while beautiful, are sentimental, as if Kleber Mendonça Filho is trying to negotiate too much.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 5, 2014
    9
    Mendonça’s first long feature shows his great potential as a director. Neighboring Songs revel it self as beautiful film filled with astonishing images, a powerful song editing, and its go deeply in the life of the Middle Class Recife people showing the extremes of the life in that city. Its violence, the contrasts of the socioeconomic classes, the consume of drugs by the matron, the dominium of the olds traditional rich family’s on the local microcosmic society and the decadency of this micro empire, the noises of the constructions of edifices. The film advances in a slow way, pleasuring the eye with the reality impressed on the film. Mendonça’s ear and lenses point’s on the only place possible to make this film in Recife - their own apartment and street. The film it’s Recife, it’s the Brazil, the realism, the sounds, the noises, the heated fights of the neighboring, the middle class, and the lower class – I see the Brazil contrasts every day in all its extensions. Full Review »