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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Like a bomb exploding in a fireworks factory: It's fierce and shocking and dazzling and wonderful.
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100

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
One of the most uncompromisingly bleak films I've ever seen.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
A visual and aural feast that combines elements of classic gangster melodramas, crime epics such as "The Godfather" and playful non-linear...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, it announces a new director of great gifts and passions: Fernando...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An epic docudrama - electric and raw.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Undeniably powerful, the work also comes with its own built-in shield against feeling any one character's difficulties too deeply, or for...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
For those who didn't get enough violence from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," welcome to City of God.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Brutal, tough to watch but impossible to ignore.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Full of action, but no soul.
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"City of God' is a mesmerizing and honest look at people surrounded by crime and the path's it causes us to lead.

By Dominic LeRose
Every location on earth isn't 100% the same all throughout its area. Brazil for instance has been praised as having some of the most vibrant beauty, fun people, interesting culture aspects, and fun...

Five Word Review

By Glauber
Reality Shocking Drama Best Movie...

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Rated R | For Sexuality, Language, Drug Content and Strong Brutal Violence
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Common Sense Media says not for kids Powerful, but only for 17 and up.
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