• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ryan Coogler
    In Theaters:
    Jul 26, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 14, 2014
  • The Weinstein Company


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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]

A captivating film ...

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2014
Ray Pride

Potentially blunt dramaturgy turns to something profound (and not perfumed) in implication.

Full Review Source: Newcity

April 8, 2014
Dan Jardine

An impressive debut by Ryan Coogler.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 79/100

March 9, 2014
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Fruitvale Station does work, but it's marred by problematic writing and direction.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B-

February 20, 2014
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

As a first feature for writer/director Ryan Coogler, it's pretty remarkable. As a star-making vehicle for Michael B. Jordan, it's a slam dunk.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine

February 6, 2014
Chris Sawin

Fruitvale Station is centered around a tragic event with a powerful message, but just lacks the momentum to actually be impressive.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 6/10

January 14, 2014
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Fruitvale Station nos lembra de que somos todos Oscar Grant.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2013
Bill Clark

As a biographical drama Fruitvale Station works, though you're not going to pick up anything about the actual shooting that you don't already know.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: B+

December 17, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 10, 2013
Marc Mohan

If Coogler were not as sure a directorial hand, or the film less gripping, that weight might be too much for it to bear. But, despite some imperfections, they're both up to the task.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

December 10, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2013
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Critically, Fruitvale Station serves as a morality tale that reminds us not to dismiss anyone without first knowing the full story behind the scenes. Every life has value.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 10, 2013
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A runaway powerhouse film packed with emotionally-gripping performances, outstanding direction and a script that challenges viewers like few other films have this year.

Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files | Original Score: 9/10

December 3, 2013
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

Not just Jordan, but everyone from the likes of Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz to the crowd of BART-passenger bit players hit it convincingly, consistently.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

November 27, 2013

Well-meaning, naturally acted, horrifically unbalanced...Whatever its objectives, the film comes across as an emotionally exploitative, crudely manipulative prayer.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 8, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

Make no mistake: there's a rage and wrenching sadness here, but Ryan Coogler has filtered it via a story packed with lingering grace notes.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

November 5, 2013
Simon Miraudo

When it reaches that harrowing, inevitable finale, it inspires fury and confusion much like Spike Lee's signature work did two decades ago.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 4, 2013
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

The best thing Coogler did was cast Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mother Wanda and surround them with an entirely credible version of life in Oakland's black community.

Full Review Source: The Nation

November 4, 2013
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Despite its credibility issues, the film is still able to deliver an emotional finale.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B

November 3, 2013
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