Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)
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A chronicle exploring what happened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 12th, 2000--Valentine's Day in Brazil--when Bus 174 was highjacked by an armed young man, Sandro do Nascimento, with a dozen passengers. Nascimento, a disillusioned slum-dweller, threatened to kill all of the passengers, but eventually agreed to surrender, as TV cameras were rolling and an entire nation was glued to their screens, watching the event take place. Regardless, a police officer then decided to fire at Nascimento anyway, accidentally killing one of the female passengers instead. What followed was a revolt… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

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"A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Relentlessly gripping."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"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."
‑ Jim Ridley, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"A stunning indictment of Brazil's social meltdown, this startling documentary plays like City Of God -- except this time the bullets are real."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Reader
"An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"Masterful."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"If City Of God cracked the skin, Bus 174 digs deep into the wound. An astounding, depressing triumph."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
"As thoroughly researched as any documentary in recent memory."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Interviews, images and events accumulate, driving the story to its sad end with the implacable momentum of a Greek tragedy."
‑ Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News
"Much more troubling than any fiction..."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"reminds audiences that simple techniques are sometimes the most effective means of telling a dramatic story"
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"A sizzling Brazilian real-life documentary by director Jose Padilha that outdoes reality TV in its dosage of reality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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