The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child.
| Original Score: 3/4
What gives the film its strength is that cutting away the first layer only reveals more levels of toughness; it takes time to discover the pure soul beneath.
Road movies are a cinematic convention, but rarely do they connect like this wonderful Brazilian film.
A richly tender and moving experience.
| Original Score: A-
[D]espite Salles' ragged editing and tedious pacing, Central Station makes its points about loss and suffering.
Takes viewers on an insightful tour of modern, working-class Brazil.
| Original Score: 9/10
It may not be much of a movie, but, for the bulk of it, the strong and heartfelt performances of the two leads do make up for the threadbare storyline.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An exceptional film.
A poignant road movie.
| Original Score: 8/10
Salles, who also works as a documentary filmmaker, does a superlative job of bringing the realism of the streets and the countryside to this narrative fiction.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Salles provides a textbook example of how to toy with our emotions, how to involve and move us, without necessarily condescending to us or insulting us.
It'll probably work better if you're not terribly familiar with the movies that inspired it.
If you don't at least tear up in the film's final scene, you are either seriously lacking emotion, or dead.
Central Station profoundly satisfies on many levels, but is most poignant as a tale of redemption and triumph allowed the kind of heroine who can only exist outside Hollywood.
Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance in the Brazilian film Central Station.
| Original Score: 4/4
Little goes on under the surface here and in the end it seems more sentimental than insightful.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3.5/4