• Released
  • November 11, 2011
  • (Limited 11/11)
  • NR , 1 hr 56 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself.
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Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is pure pedagogic bliss.
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Time Out New York

Both responding to and rebutting critics who dubbed its predecessor fascist, José Padilha's superior sequel to 2007's "Elite Squad" doubles down on the kill-'em-all rhetoric while placing its trigger-happy heroes in a larger context.
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A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A crackling musical score and eye-popping cinematography add to the nonstop ferocity, and Wagner Moura is charismatic as the head of the titular police unit.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Propulsive, hyper-violent and ridiculously exciting, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within can be described as "The Wire" transplanted to Rio de Janeiro.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Here's a Brazilian thriller that's so angry and specifically political, it's hard to believe they got away with making it.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Almost everyone is scum. The venality spreads from the slums or favelas, up the ranks of local militias, crooked police and pandering politicians.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The movie's intensity is given crucial depth via Moura's somber and unshowy performance.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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