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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The film leisurely unfolds as a series of vignettes about class distinctions and crime, with an unexpected ending. It is beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Neighboring Sounds unfolds like a casual nightmare in the light of day. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    The images, while beautiful, are sentimental, as if Kleber Mendonça Filho is trying to negotiate too much. show more

  • 80
    David Parkinson Empire

    Superbly judging tonal shifts and juggling disparate storylines, this snapshot of a Refice street reveals the class, gender, racial and historical fissures in Brazilian society, while also making for riveting drama right down to the shocking sting in the tail. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Filho so completely calculates his causes and effects, even going so far as to have the villain of the piece literally swimming with sharks, that you never fully feel the senses-altering charge of a truly impassioned polemic. show more

  • 100
    Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

    [Filho's] mastery of pacing, theme and stylistic eccentricity throughout Neighboring Sounds is so assured as to be breathtaking. Don't miss it. show more

  • 90
    A.O. Scott The New York Times

    With his sound designer, Pablo Lamar, Mr. Mendonça has created the aural landscape of a horror movie. And, for much of its running time, a thriller without a plot. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    A tightening of the two-hour-plus running time might have enhanced the balance between Filho's epic, evocative style and his smaller story about a certain mode of modern life, its lonely confrontations, and the stubborn legacies of the past. show more

  • 83
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    The beauty of the film is how organically its themes are presented - it's a slice of life that comes about its sweeping ideas with surprising delicacy. show more

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