(2005)

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83
Entertainment Weekly
Director Sérgio Machado, who worked as an assistant to Central Station's Walter Salles, lingers sensually over every wrong move his attractive tragic trio make.
78
Alice Braga owns this film.
75
New York Post
The impressive first feature by Sergio Machado, a one-time assistant to Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), is a trip through a grungy world of crime, sex and cockfights.
75
Portland Oregonian
Three potent performances readily compensate for the familiar plot.
63
Miami Herald
Even though Lower City ultimately leads nowhere (the movie doesn't end so much as simply stop), you won't mind having taken the trip.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
From its actual and figurative scenes of cockfighting to its copious use of throbbing Brazilian music, there's little here that rises above the level of formula. But director Machado displays a sure touch in his ability to convey the sultry atmosphere of his exotic setting, and he has elicited admirably naturalistic performances from his highly attractive, youthful performers.
50
New York Daily News
Machado establishes a realistically seamy environment for his erotic triangle, and there are some surprisingly tender moments amid the squalor.
50
Everyone involved in the film seems better than the material.
50
The story wears thin long before it's over, but Machado draws strong performances from his leads and makes excellent use of its rundown locations.
25
Two guys panting over the same babe leads to tedium, despite a near-record number of overheated sex scenes.

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