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Central Station (Central do Brasil) Reviews

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August 9, 2010
What separates and elevates Walter Salles' film above the familiar neo-realist type of melodrama is the stylized visual style and Fernanda Montengero's stunning performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 23, 2003
...a road movie of uncommon texture and grit during which the mismatched couple, each initially defensive and guarded, bond with each other.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
May 31, 2002
'Central do Brasil' tem a simplicidade dos grandes filmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 3, 2002
An orphan boy tenderizes the heart of a cynical woman who finally realizes her kinship with others. This is a deeply spiritual film.
January 23, 2002
It's not just a strong, heartfelt drama. It's a film that transcends its national boundaries.
November 23, 2001
Watching this delectably humane road movie incites the same emotions as discovering the works of Truffaut
Full Review| Original Score: 10/10
October 8, 2001
It's a fascinating, small, tale, held together by lush photography.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
February 14, 2001
As beautiful as it is wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 14, 2001
Director Walter Salles has created more than a road picture; he tells a poignant story about two characters and their destinies -- destinies that remain uncertain.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
January 1, 2000
Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josue's journey.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Central Station is both literate and emotionally-powerful -- an increasingly rare combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
its blatantly manipulative pairing of an adorable young boy and a selfish, honesty-challenged older woman ... so calculating that I could never get emotionally involved.
January 1, 2000
What gives the film its strength is that cutting away the first layer only reveals more levels of toughness; it takes time to discover the pure soul beneath.
January 1, 2000
Road movies are a cinematic convention, but rarely do they connect like this wonderful Brazilian film.
January 1, 2000
A richly tender and moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
[D]espite Salles' ragged editing and tedious pacing, Central Station makes its points about loss and suffering.
January 1, 2000
The film was too much stuck in its sentimentality and had an uninspiring and a contrived plot that kept me from warming up to the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
Takes viewers on an insightful tour of modern, working-class Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 1, 2000
It may not be much of a movie, but, for the bulk of it, the strong and heartfelt performances of the two leads do make up for the threadbare storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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