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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. 90
    Unlike anything else you've ever seen on TV.
  4. 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.
  5. The humorous moments are all the more precious because life is so tough in this engrossing series.
  6. It's a work whose immense vitality and a persuasive naturalism overcome its occasional paroxysms of style or hammered-home points.
  7. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12