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Based on 6 Reviews
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  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The tragic victims in "City of God" are played by actors while those in La Sierra are flesh-and-blood real. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    The story of how La Sierra moves from a seemingly pointless war to an unexpected peace is a thrilling one, although the impact of seeing what becomes of these three kids is devastating. show more

  • 70
    Joshua Land Village Voice

    A stark, relentlessly deglamorized vision of ghetto life, La Sierra is essential viewing for anyone who ponied up for the aestheticized amorality of the Brazilian "City of God." show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    Posing proudly with their rifles or musing matter-of-factly about their own deaths, the boys are tragic enough. But it's the girls who break your heart, stoic and wise beyond their years. show more

  • 70
    Hank Sartin Chicago Reader

    The intense focus on this trio makes for good portraiture, but it left me hungry for more about the social context that shaped them. show more

  • 40
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Result is a loose personal piece of reportage that places people over ideas and larger issues, and reveals the pic's severe limitations long before a surprisingly upbeat ending. show more

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