(2003)

Critic Reviews

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100
Chicago Tribune
A prison movie of unusual richness and jarring power.
88
New York Post
Carandiru, which ends with actual footage of the prison being demolished in 2002, marks a terrific comeback for Babenco - it's the roughest picture of life behind bars since "Midnight Express."
75
Chicago Sun-Times
In a prison filled with vivid, Dickensian characters, several stand out. There is, for example, the unlikely couple of Lady Di (Rodrigo Santoro), tall and muscular, and No Way (Gero Camilo), a stunted little man. They are the great loves of each other's lives.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Lays on the compassion a little thick, yet its heartfelt squalor stays with you.
75
Harrowing but compassionate.
75
The warden implores the prisoners to relinquish their weapons, and out of the cells come flying a zillion blades of all sizes. In a Mel Brooks movie, this bit would be funny. Here, it sums up the chilling situation in five seconds.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Searing and hypnotic docudrama.
75
Harrowing, realistic, humanistic.
75
Angry and tragic, Carandiru is finally, in its own way, uplifting.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The movie observes and dramatizes, yet seeks no overriding social moral.
63
New York Daily News
Babenco does a better job with place than with people: His explosively overcrowded jail is a teeming tenement, which makes the inevitable climax feel, finally, like something real.

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