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City of God

Rated R for strong brutal violence, sexuality, drug content and language.

R In Theaters 01/17/2003 , 131min.
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87%
Viewer score based on 9 ratings
79%
Critic score based on 33 reviews

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San Francisco Chronicle
Brutal, tough to watch but impossible to ignore. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
It's sensationally well-made: skittery and kinetic, packed with mayhem, yet framed (and narrated) with witty detachment, so that the carnage never seems garish. The film is far from a work of art, but it marks the emergence of a great new action superchef. Full Review
David Rooney
Variety
The impressive filmmaking craftsmanship and sharp storytelling skills make this two-hour-plus epic fly by. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
One of the most startling, grittily brilliant films in recent years. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Despite the grim, serious nature of the subject matter, Meirelles unearths occasional moments of humor, although they are often of the gallows variety. Full Review

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