The New York Times, A.O. Scott
"A revelatory debut feature. Mr. Mendonça, a former film critic whose command of the medium is both formidable and subtle. The scope of his movie is narrow, but its ambitions are enormous, and it accomplishes nothing less than the illumination of the peculiar state of Brazilian (and not only Brazilian) society." Critics Pick
The New York Times, Larry Rohter (Arts & Leisure feature)
"But that cacophony also served as inspiration for the director Kleber Mendonça Filho, who decided to give his first feature film, a winner of prizes at festivals in Europe and the United States, the enigmatic title Neighboring Sounds."
New York Post, V.A. Musetto
"Beautifully filmed in CinemaScope and strongly acted (especially by Solha), and makes for mesmerizing viewing."
Film Comment, Gavin Smith
"I'd put money on the likelihood that Brazil's Kleber Mendonça Filho is on track to become a major filmmaker in the coming years."
Artforum, Dennis Lim
"A thoroughly modern, film-savvy opus (at times it suggests Cache as directed by Paul Thomas Anderson), steeped equally in dread and humor."
Filmmaker Magazine, Brandon Harris (Director Interview)
"One of the year's most startling debuts"