Bus 174 (Ônibus 174)
Bus 174 (Ônibus 174) (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 8, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Deborah Young

A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

This smart, absorbing movie, which has been sharply edited by Felipe Lacerda, never feels like it's spreading itself too thin.

Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Relentlessly gripping.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Reader

Padilha allows neither easy answers nor ironic commentary, producing on both sides of the conflict a world of inconsolable grief.

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Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

An extraordinary portrait of a life lived always in the shadow of despair.

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Nick Schager
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Time Out

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.

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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

Interviews, images and events accumulate, driving the story to its sad end with the implacable momentum of a Greek tragedy.

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Much more troubling than any fiction...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
An always gripping, harrowing and thought-provoking documentary that dives deep into an open sore of Brazilian society and exposes some of the most terrible… More
John Ballantine
A brilliant film that sends shivers down the spine..not in terms of the hostage taking but in terms of the prisons and society that the hostage taker endured. A… More
familiar stranger
The intentions behind making this documentary might be good (i.e. achieving an award :p), but it moves very briskly. The more-than-often-repeated threat by the… More
William Goss
Perpetually depressing look at unfortunate reality of abandoned Brazilian youth.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=royalblue]"Bus 174" is a Brazilian documentary about a hostage crisis in a city bus in Rio de Janeiro in 2000. Several… More
Remi Logan
An incredibly infuriating and saddening plight of a homeless child escalating into a violent hostage situation over a decade later. Bus 174 is a documentary… More