Central Station (Central do Brasil) Reviews

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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
its blatantly manipulative pairing of an adorable young boy and a selfish, honesty-challenged older woman ... so calculating that I could never get emotionally involved.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The film was too much stuck in its sentimentality and had an uninspiring and a contrived plot that kept me from warming up to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
Little goes on under the surface here and in the end it seems more sentimental than insightful.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
...a road movie of uncommon texture and grit during which the mismatched couple, each initially defensive and guarded, bond with each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Central Station is both literate and emotionally-powerful -- an increasingly rare combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
October 8, 2001
It's a fascinating, small, tale, held together by lush photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
January 1, 2000
Central Station tugs the heartstrings with the best of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
An orphan boy tenderizes the heart of a cynical woman who finally realizes her kinship with others. This is a deeply spiritual film.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
'Central do Brasil' tem a simplicidade dos grandes filmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Susan Granger
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
[Salles'] imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
June 3, 2014
Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
A poignant road movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 8/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
Bob Bloom
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Nina Caplan
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002

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March 24, 2002
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July 21, 2005
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