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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies
June 5, 2014
Just... no. This is heartstring-tugging hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
June 4, 2014
It's an emotive film about an emotive incident, but an unmolested account of Grant's demise could have had so much more impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
June 4, 2014
This chronicle of a death foretold celebrates an individual's efforts to do better even as it laments his - and his nation's - difficulties in moving on.
James Mottram
Total Film
June 2, 2014
It's ragged around the edges, but this remains a stirring tribute to Grant. And coaxed by the assured Coogler, Jordan delivers a performance that will long be remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2014
A deeply moving drama played out on the small stage of ordinary people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stefan Pape
April 28, 2014
A tragic, grievous subject matter handled delicately and efficiently.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
April 25, 2014
Anchored by what deservedly proved to be a breakthrough turn for Jordan, Fruitvale Station is a devastating and detailed celebration of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
April 24, 2014
A captivating film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ray Pride
April 8, 2014
Potentially blunt dramaturgy turns to something profound (and not perfumed) in implication.
Dan Jardine
March 9, 2014
An impressive debut by Ryan Coogler.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Fruitvale Station does work, but it's marred by problematic writing and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
As a first feature for writer/director Ryan Coogler, it's pretty remarkable. As a star-making vehicle for Michael B. Jordan, it's a slam dunk.
Chris Sawin
January 14, 2014
Fruitvale Station is centered around a tragic event with a powerful message, but just lacks the momentum to actually be impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
December 30, 2013
Fruitvale Station nos lembra de que somos todos Oscar Grant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Clark
December 17, 2013
As a biographical drama Fruitvale Station works, though you're not going to pick up anything about the actual shooting that you don't already know.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 10, 2013
Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marc Mohan
December 10, 2013
If Coogler were not as sure a directorial hand, or the film less gripping, that weight might be too much for it to bear. But, despite some imperfections, they're both up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
December 10, 2013
The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
December 10, 2013
Critically, Fruitvale Station serves as a morality tale that reminds us not to dismiss anyone without first knowing the full story behind the scenes. Every life has value.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
December 10, 2013
Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.
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