(2005)

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Metascore

Based on 7 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
Memorable and significant.
75
The larger message remains clear: Unified communities have more power than they realize, and the most vicious enemy of progress is learned helplessness.
75
An inspirational portrait of an unwanted kid who brought culture to a world that had known only violence.
70
A daring and emotional documentary.
70
L.A. Weekly
Elevated by fantastic performance footage of Sa and his young protégés singing, dancing and rhythmically banging on cans, plastic bottles or anything else that can be fashioned into a drum -- and a cultural revolution.
50
Village Voice
All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally.
50
For all its drive and passion, Favela Rising is an uneven, spasmodic film.

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