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Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) Reviews

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Deborah Young
June 10, 2008
A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Relentlessly gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Reader
May 8, 2007
Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 24, 2004
Much more troubling than any fiction...
Jim Ridley
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
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.
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2004
If City Of God cracked the skin, Bus 174 digs deep into the wound. An astounding, depressing triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Grealis
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 10, 2004
reminds audiences that simple techniques are sometimes the most effective means of telling a dramatic story
Jamie Russell
April 23, 2004
A stunning indictment of Brazil's social meltdown, this startling documentary plays like City Of God -- except this time the bullets are real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 7, 2004
As thoroughly researched as any documentary in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2004
A sizzling Brazilian real-life documentary by director Jose Padilha that outdoes reality TV in its dosage of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
March 21, 2004
Full of the kind of surprises, twists and cruel irony that have fueled many a Hollywood thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Mohan
March 19, 2004
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 12, 2004
This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 5, 2004
It's a chilling tale that leaves us with the fear that Latin America's exploding social problems may well be beyond solution.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times
March 5, 2004
An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 5, 2004
There's no denying the subject matter is compelling, and the heightened sense of tension goes a long way toward redeeming the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 5, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2004
To serve and protect... and blow your face off with a shotgun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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