Grand Central Reviews

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Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 18, 2015
[Grand Central] starts as a piece of gritty social realism and gradually evolves into an old-fashioned romantic melodrama, but Zlotowski maintains such strong control over the material that the change doesn't feel jarring.
Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent
July 24, 2014
The performances all round are really good.
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
July 20, 2014
Rahim and Seydoux keep things grounded in the familiar isotopes of human emotion, their passion less explosive than merely uncontained, progressing inexorably toward meltdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
July 18, 2014
The plotting may be contrived but Zlotowski cranks up the tension effectively enough as Rahim has to deal with both the threat of radiation poisoning and the consequences of his illicit affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
July 18, 2014
The film's white trash world of hip-hop, trailer parks, cheap clothes and cheaper wine is beautifully realised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 18, 2014
French drama about decontamination workers in a nuclear power plant is riveting when it focuses on the details and dangers of the job, less so when it devolves into a sexy working-class soap opera.
Emma Simmonds
Radio Times
July 18, 2014
Zlotowski takes admirable risks, and the result is a flawed, provocative curio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 17, 2014
A torrid attraction and a toxic workplace make a potent combination in Grand Central, a French drama reliant on the smouldering charms of Tahar Rahim and Lea Seydoux.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 17, 2014
I found it gripping, with an edge of delirium; the locations within the power station are positively Kubrickian; there's a disquieting electronic score and Tahar Rahim gives a very open, generous performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 17, 2014
A gripping if occasionally overwrought drama radiated by a standout turn from Seydoux.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Violet Lucca
Little White Lies
July 17, 2014
Alternately fascinating and frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 17, 2014
Seydoux, in particular, is saddled with an arbitrary, enigmatic vixen role in an ultimately too slight drama where ambiguities aren't really a virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
July 17, 2014
Without making a vamp of herself, Seydoux goes from strength to strength, and Rahim is as nervy, reliable, and relatable as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
July 14, 2014
Hot off Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux again offers a frank turn, while Rahim and Ménochet add real class.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 4, 2014
By focusing on a man who's not only inept, but cavalier about his own [radiation] exposure, "Grand Central" is full of tense moments. If only the romance [Zlotowski] bogs down with symbolism were as enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
March 11, 2014
Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) and Léa Seydoux are not only convincing but raise the heat without overpowering Rebecca Zlotowski's sensitive, fly-on-the-wall approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
February 26, 2014
Considerable tension is elicited, but the characters are well enough drawn that the outcome of Grand Central is never clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
December 5, 2013
The film hits its stride in the second half, hinting at the emotional confusion and unspoken motives of these characters as they circle one another, hoping to get what they want and somehow emerge unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kenji Lloyd
HeyUGuys
October 21, 2013
Grand Central has that rare appeal of pulling us into a world hardly seen in real life, and even less on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
October 14, 2013
Grand Central has that rare appeal of pulling us into a world hardly seen in real life, and even less on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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