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The Edge of Democracy Reviews

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March 19, 2020
This very the personal is political documentary looks at the presidencies of Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 9, 2020
With remarkably intimate access, The Edge of Democracy follows Brazil's embattled leaders as they grapple with a scandal born out of their country's fascist past and inflamed by a furious and ideologically divided nation.
February 13, 2020
There's a lot of ground to cover, but Costa keeps a strong grip on the material
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 4, 2020
A poet interprets and communicates the world through metaphors and allegories found in everyday life in order to express not only what she sees, but how she feels about what she sees - and Petra Costa has the soul of a poet. [Full review in Portuguese]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 24, 2020
Her (Petra Costa) outrage and sorrow are palpable and heartbreaking.
January 23, 2020
We would all do well to watch and learn, lest our own fragile democracies, no matter where we are or what we think of them, fall off their crumbling edges into the abyss.
January 22, 2020
The Edge of Democracy is a history of parliamentary immunity and hidden recordings... And history, in Brazil, does not cease rewriting itself. [Full review in Spanish]
January 16, 2020
Riveting, sometimes confusing and always dispiriting account of a democracy in its death throes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2019
[Petra] Costa has a painterly way with film, and in dealing with her homeland's history, turmoil and tragedy she is working on an epic scale.
September 30, 2019
This works very well as both a primer on the tumultuous last several years of Brazilian politics and also as a very passionate personal essay film.
July 4, 2019
The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy...
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 4, 2019
The Edge of Democracy is easily one of the great works of documentary this year. It is a riveting experience; an impeccably edited navigation of Brazil's volatile relationship with democracy...
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 24, 2019
Costa's personal, unforgettable rumination on modern Brazilian politics is now on Netflix and is one of the great political documentaries of 2019.
June 21, 2019
A hard-hitting documentary about the fall of democracy in Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 21, 2019
Costa manages to craft an intimate primer about the state's descent into populism and the fraying of the country's democratic fabric.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2019
Engrossing...
June 20, 2019
[Petra Costa] seems utterly incapable of crafting a frame that is lacking in urgency or vibrance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 19, 2019
An angry, intimate, and haunting portrait of Brazil's recent slide back into the open jaws of dictatorship.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 19, 2019
The Edge of Democracy is not an impartial piece of journalistic filmmaking; indeed, Costa makes no pretensions to objectivity. She weaves in her own family's story and the film takes on the quality of a lament.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 18, 2019
Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political earthquakes that have been roiling Brazil for several years.
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