Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) Reviews

April 10, 2018
Building an indictment of the media, the police, and the provincial governor for placing self-interest above saving lives, Bus 174 opens out from the people directly involved in the incident to an examination of institutionalized poverty.
June 10, 2008
A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
December 27, 2007
Relentlessly gripping.
May 8, 2007
Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.
Top Critic
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.
March 5, 2005
July 24, 2004
Much more troubling than any fiction...
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.
May 14, 2004
If City Of God cracked the skin, Bus 174 digs deep into the wound. An astounding, depressing triumph.
May 10, 2004
reminds audiences that simple techniques are sometimes the most effective means of telling a dramatic story
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.
April 7, 2004
As thoroughly researched as any documentary in recent memory.
April 1, 2004
A sizzling Brazilian real-life documentary by director Jose Padilha that outdoes reality TV in its dosage of reality.
March 21, 2004
Full of the kind of surprises, twists and cruel irony that have fueled many a Hollywood thriller.
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.
March 12, 2004
This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.
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.
March 5, 2004
An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.