70

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives Elite Squad an air of sociological realism--it bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like "The French Connection."
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70

Village Voice

This latest pounding slice-of-thug-life thriller from Brazil packs the same cinematic firepower as "City of God," only on the other side of the law.
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40

Variety

A one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
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25

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.
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25

Christian Science Monitor

Pokes and prods the viewer to watch the brutal, indiscriminate methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops and then demands only one conclusion: That cops in Rio's drug-infested slums must do what they do and if that means rampant point-blank executions, so be it.
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0

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
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33 out of 100
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