A captivating film ...
| Original Score: 4/5
Potentially blunt dramaturgy turns to something profound (and not perfumed) in implication.
An impressive debut by Ryan Coogler.
| Original Score: 79/100
Fruitvale Station does work, but it's marred by problematic writing and direction.
| Original Score: B-
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.
Fruitvale Station is centered around a tragic event with a powerful message, but just lacks the momentum to actually be impressive.
| Original Score: 6/10
Fruitvale Station nos lembra de que somos todos Oscar Grant.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.
A runaway powerhouse film packed with emotionally-gripping performances, outstanding direction and a script that challenges viewers like few other films have this year.
| Original Score: 9/10
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.
Well-meaning, naturally acted, horrifically unbalanced...Whatever its objectives, the film comes across as an emotionally exploitative, crudely manipulative prayer.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
When it reaches that harrowing, inevitable finale, it inspires fury and confusion much like Spike Lee's signature work did two decades ago.
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.
Despite its credibility issues, the film is still able to deliver an emotional finale.
| Original Score: B