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

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Critic Ratings

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91

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...
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88

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is pure pedagogic bliss.
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80

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...
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80

Empire

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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...
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75

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...
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75

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...
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75

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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67

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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63

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...
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60

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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good

By freedom2025
I watched this movie online. Really good...

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Rated NR