The Station Agent Reviews
February 17, 2015
This film is one I really enjoy. The performances are fine and the subject matter - the move of an isolated man from solitude into friendship under some pretty unlikely circumstances - moves me.
January 29, 2015
A unique film which revels in restraint and the performances of its great cast. Full review later.
January 25, 2015
quaint light hearted movie
January 21, 2015
Absolutely loved it. A film with so much charm but what makes it special is that it doesn't even try. It has a great screenplay that doesn't really go anywhere but it's an excellent character study that is driven by three fantastic performances by Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale. It's throughly enjoyable and really reaffirms your believe in the good in people. If you're looking for a nice little indie film that is easy going and humorous (like a Little Miss Sunshine type), you can't go far wrong with this. 9/10.
August 6, 2007
excellent acting and storyline. a quiet little movie with depth. possibly my favourite feel-good-movie of all times
December 31, 2014
It's simple, sweet, and charming; the Station Agent is a great example of quality performances and an honest script leading to a satisfying and enjoyable film.
December 8, 2014
Quirky and somewhat charming movie about a bizarre group of people who slowly grow closer together while they try to overcome their personal demons.
Not much really happens in this movie, and by the end, I felt like things had only gotten started. The most redeeming qualities of this movie are its odd but mostly pleasant light humor and its nondescript, sort of laid-back aesthetic feel. Otherwise, I didn't really find much that thrilling in the movie. The story itself was fairly mild, and there were some interesting, albeit sometimes irritating characters, but I didn't really feel like it got much across. In fact, it is a bit difficult trying to remember much of the main plot at all as I write this.
On the whole, the story was fine and not particularly boring or offensive in any way, but at the same time, it just didn't seem like there was enough to it to make it anything more than just good.
December 1, 2014
Very well acted slice of life with a tangible emotional denouement.
November 16, 2014
I liked this movie, but don't really have much to comment on about it. It didn't hit me really deeply, but it was quiet and pleasant and meaningful anyway. The quiet nature of it made the big emotional moments that much more startling, like Olivia's outburst at Finn (with excellent facial reactions by Dinklage) and Finn shouting to the whole bar.
Most of that comes from the cast. Peter Dinklage was pretty great, especially when he was able to evolve and show his capacity for happiness while still remaining vulnerable and complex. I also love Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale. Olivia's story was pretty sad, and I loved the burst of life that Cannavale brought to the role of Joe.
November 15, 2014
A very unique, and seemingly slow story that opens up to some wondrous characters. Bobby Cannavale is hilarious! check it out on netflix
November 13, 2014
This film is a marvel, a low key, quiet and simple story about lonely people who balk at companionship but somehow wind up reaching out to others as lonely as themselves. Peter Dinklage is just great as a dwarf who has inured himself to the world's insults. He has one of the best speaking voices I have ever heard in the movies. All the actors do a wonderful job in a softly sad, quietly uplifting slice of life of unoticed people making do with the vagaries of being alive. Verdict: One of the best movies of the year. I just loved it.
June 22, 2011
Much better than it's contemporary "Tiptoes" (also starring Peter Dinklage and made in the same year), "The Station Agent" reflects on the lives of dwarves with a thoughtful outlook. Dinklage is the highlight of the film, portraying surly, friendless dwarf Fin. Fin inherits a railway station and meets many small town characters who try to open him up to friendship. While I enjoyed Dinklage's performance, and the way he changes throughout the narrative, the other characters were just so pathetically annoying I couldn't understand their friendship. Patricia Clarkson is such a mess as artist Olivia and any attempt that McCarthy had in making her human came off as melodramatic. Cannavale plays an eccentric and very friendly food truck employee who is helping his father and wants to be friends with Fin. Their exploits include chasing trains, having sleepovers, and helping each other heal. I just didn't buy the interpersonal relationships, and I didn't like many of the characters. Fin is interesting, but has no backstory, and so it's difficult for us to reconcile why he is the way he is.
November 8, 2014
I'm not really sure what the point of this movie is. A character study, I guess. Not much plot here, which is weird. It's not terrible, but I don't really see why everyone's so effusive about it.
October 28, 2014
Saw this on 28/10/14
A small man can cast such a big shadow and I watched this movie for seeing that shadow of Peter Dinklage. Station Agent is rather a pleasant drama without any twists or turns, about people trying to connect with each other. It has got fine acting, especially from the lead actors. Watching Peter Dinklage in a lead role was actually really thrilling.
September 27, 2014
A sweet and honest story of friendship found in the least likely of places.
September 22, 2014
it is a very subtle and yet powerful movie telling a non-story story: how do broken people find one and other, sharing friendship and affection? It is superbly acted.
September 16, 2014
A series of poorly written "for convenience" scenes lazy stitched together by circumstance and cookie cutter characters.
I got halfway through The Station Agent and considered just stopping. It wasn't until I hopped on Letterboxd and saw that it had rave reviews that I thought maybe I was just missing something or it gets better at the end, but it really didn't.
I can certainly appreciate the quiet tone of the film. It had a story to tell and it got it across in a nice simple way. The problem at least for me (and I seem to be the in definite minority on this) is that there was almost no creativity put into the story to make it any unique from countless other stories about finding a family in odd places.
Shots were as boring as flat as could be for the most part. There were a few creative ones here and there but the large majority of them ranged from dull to could potentially be on a Lifetime original movie level of bad. If this was made for direct to TV I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
This was just a film I stumbled across on Netflix and thought it would be interesting to see pre-Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage but even he severely disappointed. His idea of depression throughout the film seemed just be "act bored".
The Station Agent does nothing creative, nothing memorable, nothing to set itself apart from a million other works telling the same exact story. Considering I'll probably wake up tomorrow and not even remember that I watched this film, I'd like to remind my future self to not bother with this one again.
September 14, 2014
I loved this movie. It was quiet, unpredictable, and just all around beautiful.
September 6, 2014
Loved it! A slice of time well spent about unlikely people meeting and offering one another just what they needed.