Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) Reviews

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June 10, 2008
A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
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.
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.
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
An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.
February 5, 2004
Interviews, images and events accumulate, driving the story to its sad end with the implacable momentum of a Greek tragedy.
December 12, 2003
Padhila's carefully assembled documentary has the fascination of a car wreck -- only any number of social themes ripple through this real drama.
December 12, 2003
A fluid and forceful indictment of a culture of neglect.
December 12, 2003
It shows us the spectacle of what happened while explaining the many factors why. It is extraordinary in the way it balances the sensational with the sensible.
December 5, 2003
The movie brilliantly uses this intense narrative as a platform from which to observe some of the deeper flaws in Brazilian culture.
December 5, 2003
What starts off as a documentary about a hostage crisis in Rio de Janeiro deepens with every passing minute. By the end, you realize you've seen an extraordinary movie, easily one of the best of the year.
December 5, 2003
This is patient filmmaking, trading sensationalism for the rewards of investigation.
November 7, 2003
It operates as a multi-pronged critique of a society in which the media, the police, the state and public itself are implicated in precisely the kind of violence that gripped the nation of Brazil that day.
November 7, 2003
Padilha does much more than just present a hostage situation. He hunts down people who knew Nascimento and reconstructs his tortured life.
November 7, 2003
It is Padilha's sensitivity, thoroughness, persistence and artful assembly of all the angles on this story that gets us heart-wrenchingly close to understanding the 'why.'
October 24, 2003
If you have seen the masterful 2002 Brazilian film City of God or the 1981 film Pixote, both about the culture of Rio's street people, then Bus 174 plays like a sad and angry real-life sequel.
October 24, 2003
Tough and relentless, dazzlingly researched and crafted.
October 23, 2003
A thoughtful, analytical yet still emotional film, meticulously investigated and absolutely compelling.
October 23, 2003
Here is a model example of how TV footage and documentary interviews can both reconstruct an event and help us understand it.
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