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Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

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  • Summary: This new series utilizes the actors and locale of the 2002 Brazilian film City of God, but is set in the present day and follows new characters, centering on a pair of 13-year-old boys living in the slums of Rio De Janeiro.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. "City of Men" pulses with the kind of energy you don't get often on American television, and the realness of the shot-on-location scene really makes each episode feel like a minimovie.
  2. Those unfamiliar with the film may find some scenes--like when the actors break character to tell their real-life stories--a bit jarring. [7 Apr 2006, p.54]
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    90
    It smoothly toggles between working as a crime melodrama and a coming-of-age tale, as a harrowing piece of social commentary and a gentle bit of farce.
  4. 90
    Unlike anything else you've ever seen on TV.
  5. Reviewed by: Charles McGrath
    80
    The closest American popular television has ever come to this kind of close-up realism is probably the drug-dealing scenes in "The Wire" on HBO, and even they seem a little tame and stagey compared with what takes place in Dona Marta.
  6. The humorous moments are all the more precious because life is so tough in this engrossing series.
  7. It's a work whose immense vitality and a persuasive naturalism overcome its occasional paroxysms of style or hammered-home points.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Athos
    Jul 3, 2006
    10
    Really great
  2. SamK
    May 14, 2006
    10
    An absolute must see series. I downloaded the first two seasons off the internet a year ago, and I've had it on repeat ever since. If An absolute must see series. I downloaded the first two seasons off the internet a year ago, and I've had it on repeat ever since. If you enjoyed City of God. the film, you will appreciate this work. Easily one of the best series in a long time. Can't wait for seasons three and four to air on Sundance. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 15, 2007
    10
    Absolutely incredible. This could very well be the best tv show I've ever seen from any country. The film making, acting and character Absolutely incredible. This could very well be the best tv show I've ever seen from any country. The film making, acting and character development are all amazing. Highly, highly recommended. Expand
  4. DougA
    Jul 13, 2006
    10
    This is the kind of thing you never see on American TV, even on the premium channels. This show realistically shows life as it is lived by This is the kind of thing you never see on American TV, even on the premium channels. This show realistically shows life as it is lived by millions of people in Brazil (and elsewhere in the world, for that matter) with great humanity, understanding, compassion and humor. Anyone who is looking for a viewing experience beyond misbehaving wealthy adolescents (like the OC and the like) owe it to themselves to check this out! Expand
  5. StaceyS.
    Jun 1, 2007
    10
    I have been sleep for a while until I saw City of Men. Americans have no idea of what it means to struggle. Homeless people here are I have been sleep for a while until I saw City of Men. Americans have no idea of what it means to struggle. Homeless people here are considered middle class compared to children in Rio de Janerio. This series has inspired me to stay conscious to the struugle and pray for justice. Expand
  6. BroderickW.
    Jul 9, 2007
    10
    This is the best show on black drama television.
  7. NancyH
    Aug 26, 2006
    9
    Excellent show--here's one that integrates cool use of the camera and effects that does not over-run the content of the show. Characters Excellent show--here's one that integrates cool use of the camera and effects that does not over-run the content of the show. Characters are compelling--from every side, and the look into this culture is fascinating. A must TV watch. Expand

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