Fruitvale Station Reviews

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Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
August 1, 2013
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.75/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
July 31, 2013
This dramatic story is told in a fair and balanced way, supplemented with excellent acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
July 30, 2013
A powerful acknowledgement of existence
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
July 29, 2013
It's funny how the bloated, overly lengthy studio blockbusters have far less impact than 90 minutes of a relatively brief, CGI-free 'little' movie such as 'Fruitvale Station.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
July 29, 2013
The slow first hour is more than compensated for by the half hour climax that leaves one in tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
July 28, 2013
As Grant, Michael B. Jordan's stunning good looks and immaculately restrained acting affects even those who don't want to be manipulated-who want to watch this story with unfogged eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
July 27, 2013
Without emotion-tweaking music or too much fictional streamlining and highlighting, he captures a sense of the random and pointless horror of a young man shot in the back while laying on his stomach
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Kelemen
AspectRatio.us
July 26, 2013
after seeing Fruitvale Station you should come away with the impulse to muse on the life behind the next tragic homicide in the news that sparks debate ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
July 26, 2013
The film is both personal and universal. Jordan can be so touching, and his intimidating ferocity is palpable. This is an important picture with a breakout performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 26, 2013
It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
July 26, 2013
Fruitvale Station's arrival in theaters corresponds with the outcry over the Trayvon Martin case. But Fruitvale did not need added relevancy to be remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 26, 2013
Fruitvale Station is a heart-rending stop; just remember that the line doesn't end there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal
July 26, 2013
Was Oscar Grant going to turn his life around? We'll never know because of a pointless act of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 26, 2013
Coogler's take quietly serves to show Grant as a human being, with his flaws and redeeming qualities, and not just as a face in a newspaper obituary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 26, 2013
...a palpably low-key premise that's employed to continuously engrossing effect by first-time writer/director Ryan Coogler...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
July 26, 2013
'Fruitvale Station' is a movie people are going to be talking about and it's a conversation you don't want to be left out of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
July 26, 2013
You wonder if Coogler would have felt freer had Grant somehow lived that night, if the director weren't put in a position where he felt the need to honor the dead by bringing him to dramatic life. But he believes in his ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Serba
MLive.com
July 26, 2013
Many recent movies so cavalierly dispense thousands upon thousands of ammunition rounds, you can sometimes forget the effect that one bullet can have on human life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 26, 2013
A tragically relevant and incredibly important film that deserves all the attention it can get from American audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2013
We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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