Ciudad de M  (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Ciudad de M is a primitive effort from the fledgling Peruvian film industry.

It concerns a young, unemployed guy in Lima who is debating whether to join his friend in a life of crime, smuggling in and out of Miami. Essentially, it's a slice-of-life film, which may be interesting to you if you want to learn something about a certain segment of society in Latin America, how they live, and the sorts of issues they face when thinking about the future.

I enjoyed it in a way because from the opening scene it is clearly earmarked as Peruvian, and I worked for a while in Lima.



  • Melania Urbina appears in a semitransparent nightgown, then is seen briefly topless in darkness, as a victim

  • Gianella Netra shows her breast in an interrupted sex scene


  • Santiago Magill shows everything

at the moment, the DVD is a Blockbuster exclusive

The Critics Vote

  • e-film review. they rate it an "F", their lowest grade - "total crap". Their members rated it higher, and many objected to the low rating.

The People Vote ...

  • IMDB summary. IMDb voters score it 7.2/10. This is based on 26 votes, and doesn't reflect the caliber of the movie any better than the F at e-film. It should finish up around 5.5, I suppose.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, C if you speak Spanish as a slice-of-life drama, D otherwise. Not a good enough movie to mess with subtitles.

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