• 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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Richard von Busack

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 Source: MetroActive | Original Score: 4/5

July 28, 2013
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket

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 Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 27, 2013
Matt Kelemen

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 Source: AspectRatio.us | Original Score: 4

July 26, 2013
Michael Smith
Tulsa World

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 Source: Tulsa World | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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 Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Fruitvale Station is a heart-rending stop; just remember that the line doesn't end there.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2013
Rich Heldenfels
Akron Beacon Journal

Was Oscar Grant going to turn his life around? We'll never know because of a pointless act of violence.

Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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 Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a palpably low-key premise that's employed to continuously engrossing effect by first-time writer/director Ryan Coogler...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 26, 2013
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis

'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 Source: Suburban Journals of St. Louis | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 26, 2013
Wesley Morris
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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 Source: Grantland | Original Score: C+

July 26, 2013
John Serba

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 Source: MLive.com | Original Score: 4/4

July 26, 2013
Mike Scott

A tragically relevant and incredibly important film that deserves all the attention it can get from American audiences.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2013
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Michael B. Jordan (The Wire and Friday Night Lights) plays Oscar with the heart and compelling charm required to make us feel close to him.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2013
Jim Judy
Screen It!

What's presented here is good, and it's an important film to see for its coverage of the subject matter that unfortunately is still making headlines. (Full Parental Review also available)

Full Review Source: Screen It!

July 26, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's a story of one young man's tragedy, a story that resonates with so many other tragedies. Oscar Grant wasn't some mere symbol; this film makes him flesh and, unfortunately, blood.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

July 26, 2013
Eric D. Snider

Benefits immeasurably from its piercing lead performances, stumbling only in its over-eagerness to make its points.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2013
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

This isn't a movie that grabs you by the throat, it's one that sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. FRUITVALE STATION is an authentically raw motion picture that I won't soon forget.

Full Review Source: Film Geek Central | Original Score: 4/4

July 25, 2013
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