(2007)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 7 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
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.
70
New York Magazine (Vulture)
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."
40
Variety
A one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs.
30
The Hollywood Reporter
Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
25
It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.
25
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.
0
The New York Times
A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.

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