Gareth Bailey’s review published on Letterboxd:
This film is incredible, putting you right in the heart of the favelas, where turf wars are common place, and competition for different drug rackets remains fierce.
The film follows a great narrative, introducing multiple characters through 15 minute chapters of how each came to be in a particular instance. Just as a situation appears it will reach its climatic height, you are kept on edge as it then seamlessly cuts to another chapter showing how each party came to be in the middle of a gunfight or dangerous deal in the City of God.
I couldn't think of a better way of telling each character's story, how they interweave throughout, with a thrilling conclusion. This film is an absolute must watch leaving you unsure of who you're even rooting for.