City of Men Synopsis
Two friends land on opposing sides of a gang war in Rio de Janeiro's slums.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
In many ways, City of Men is like a Portuguese-language version of David Simon's "The Wire."
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Director Morelli and editor Daniel Rezende know how to set up complex lines of action and keep the screws tight.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The three leads all played these characters over multiple seasons on the TV show; they're comfortable in these skins, and they show that....
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's lighter, funnier and violent, and it's not entirely without hope, making this tale of survival under horrendous conditions far more...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A poignant look at the legacies of fathers who abdicate their responsibilities.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A compelling and visually arresting drama.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As heavy with message as any Hollywood delinquent drama of the late '50s.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie's power comes less from its contrived story than everything else: the stark setting, chaotic energy and authentic cast.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A mix of credible sociology and tired melodrama, along with a palpable sense of déjà vu. Because the plight of boyz 'n' the hood is a...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie has a dramatic thinness, breezy tone, and unconvincing happy-ish ending that make it feel more inconsequential than anything...
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Sure ain't no City of God

By rockhell
Just to be clear, this is not a sequel prequel or quel of any kind to City of God. I believe this is based on the series City of Men which I have never seen. If you have seen City of God then I think...

I liked this

By dyampyon
I liked this movie maybe only because I was following TV series version of The City of Men, that I rent DVDs from Netflix....

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Rated R | For violent content, language and some sexuality
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Powerful melodrama mixes violence, messages.
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