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Central Station (Central do Brasil) Reviews

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June 3, 2014
Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way.
Emanuel Levy
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+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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 Review| Original Score: B
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
'Central do Brasil' tem a simplicidade dos grandes filmes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 23, 2002
It's not just a strong, heartfelt drama. It's a film that transcends its national boundaries.
Brandon Judell
Entertainment Asylum
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
Christopher Null
October 8, 2001
It's a fascinating, small, tale, held together by lush photography.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
As beautiful as it is wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Elspeth Haughton
Apollo Guide
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Central Station is both literate and emotionally-powerful -- an increasingly rare combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Peter Brunette
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.
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Lucy Mohl
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.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Road movies are a cinematic convention, but rarely do they connect like this wonderful Brazilian film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A richly tender and moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
[D]espite Salles' ragged editing and tedious pacing, Central Station makes its points about loss and suffering.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Takes viewers on an insightful tour of modern, working-class Brazil.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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