(2002)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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100
Chicago Sun-Times
Breathtaking and terrifying, urgently involved with its characters, it announces a new director of great gifts and passions: Fernando Meirelles.
100
New York Post
Like a bomb exploding in a fireworks factory: It's fierce and shocking and dazzling and wonderful.
100
Charlotte Observer
One of the most uncompromisingly bleak films I've ever seen.
100
A visual and aural feast that combines elements of classic gangster melodramas, crime epics such as "The Godfather" and playful non-linear narratives such as "Amores Perros," City of God explores a deadly culture while feeling more alive than anything that's hit the big screen in years.
88
This is one movie in which you don't feel the long-ish running time, in part because there always seems to be a surprise (as well as a new street guerrilla) around every corner.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
An epic docudrama - electric and raw.
88
ReelViews
Despite the grim, serious nature of the subject matter, Meirelles unearths occasional moments of humor, although they are often of the gallows variety.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Undeniably powerful, the work also comes with its own built-in shield against feeling any one character's difficulties too deeply, or for too long.
75
Brutal, tough to watch but impossible to ignore.
75
New York Daily News
For those who didn't get enough violence from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York," welcome to City of God.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In God's ghetto, as in so many of the world's forsaken places, warring armies of infants brandish their weapons of self-destruction, while politicians bluster and inspectors sleep.

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