• Released
  • March 7, 2004
  • R
  • Prison Film
    Drama
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Carandiru Synopsis
Doctor at the Sao Paulo Penitentiary witnesses a 1992 massacre.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A prison movie of unusual richness and jarring power.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Carandiru, which ends with actual footage of the prison being demolished in 2002, marks a terrific comeback for Babenco - it's the roughest...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Harrowing but compassionate.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Searing and hypnotic docudrama.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Angry and tragic, Carandiru is finally, in its own way, uplifting.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lays on the compassion a little thick, yet its heartfelt squalor stays with you.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The warden implores the prisoners to relinquish their weapons, and out of the cells come flying a zillion blades of all sizes. In a Mel...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
In a prison filled with vivid, Dickensian characters, several stand out. There is, for example, the unlikely couple of Lady Di (Rodrigo...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The movie observes and dramatizes, yet seeks no overriding social moral.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Babenco does a better job with place than with people: His explosively overcrowded jail is a teeming tenement, which makes the inevitable...
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Rated R