Central Station (Central do Brasil) Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As beautiful as it is wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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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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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.
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
It'll probably work better if you're not terribly familiar with the movies that inspired it.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josue's journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance in the Brazilian film Central Station.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lucy Mohl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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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
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A richly tender and moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-