A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
| Original Score: 4/4
Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.
Slightly overlong for overseas audiences, José Padilha's film (co-directed by editor Felipe Lacerda) makes it crystal clear why this incident proved so traumatic for many Brazilians.
Much more troubling than any fiction...
Padilha lays out the story with a crusader's fury while remaining careful not to slight the testimony or the suffering of Sandro's hostages.
If City Of God cracked the skin, Bus 174 digs deep into the wound. An astounding, depressing triumph.
| Original Score: 4/5
reminds audiences that simple techniques are sometimes the most effective means of telling a dramatic story
A stunning indictment of Brazil's social meltdown, this startling documentary plays like City Of God -- except this time the bullets are real.
| Original Score: 5/5
As thoroughly researched as any documentary in recent memory.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A sizzling Brazilian real-life documentary by director Jose Padilha that outdoes reality TV in its dosage of reality.
| Original Score: B+
Full of the kind of surprises, twists and cruel irony that have fueled many a Hollywood thriller.
Examines how this tragic saga stemmed from the deep fissures in Brazilian society, which pit a vast population of slum-dwelling street kids against the police and society at large.
This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.
It's a chilling tale that leaves us with the fear that Latin America's exploding social problems may well be beyond solution.
| Original Score: B
An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.
There's no denying the subject matter is compelling, and the heightened sense of tension goes a long way toward redeeming the film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A searing and fascinating example of a 'ripped from the headlines' story expanded to uncover some uncomfortable truths about how a nation handles its social problems.
To serve and protect... and blow your face off with a shotgun.