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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
December 3, 2013
A runaway powerhouse film packed with emotionally-gripping performances, outstanding direction and a script that challenges viewers like few other films have this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
November 27, 2013
Not just Jordan, but everyone from the likes of Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz to the crowd of BART-passenger bit players hit it convincingly, consistently.
November 8, 2013
Well-meaning, naturally acted, horrifically unbalanced...Whatever its objectives, the film comes across as an emotionally exploitative, crudely manipulative prayer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
November 5, 2013
Make no mistake: there's a rage and wrenching sadness here, but Ryan Coogler has filtered it via a story packed with lingering grace notes.
Simon Miraudo
November 4, 2013
When it reaches that harrowing, inevitable finale, it inspires fury and confusion much like Spike Lee's signature work did two decades ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 4, 2013
The best thing Coogler did was cast Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as his mother Wanda and surround them with an entirely credible version of life in Oakland's black community.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 3, 2013
Despite its credibility issues, the film is still able to deliver an emotional finale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
November 3, 2013
Riveting, emotionally charged drama, with powerhouse performances to match. Jordan is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 2, 2013
Thank goodness ... for the performances, all powerful and compelling, from Michael B. Jordan as Oscar to the wonderful Octavia Spencer as his mum and Melonie Diaz as his gf Sophina
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 2, 2013
it rings true. There is no manipulation or theatrical construct that deflect from the story's core; the film ensures Oscar's legacy remains and that we feel as though we have got to know this young man whose loss is a senseless tragedy
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 25, 2013
Assured directorial debut of the 26-year-old Ryan Coogler.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
September 22, 2013
It's an unflinching, 360-degree character portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Louis Proyect
August 26, 2013
A good first film but not quite deserving of the hype. The best parts have nothing to do with Oscar Grant's murder but the quotidian tale of survival by a young man with the best of intentions.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
August 24, 2013
does something more radical ... humanizes the protagonist
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Stunning, timely look at the killing of an unarmed man
Josh Larsen
August 11, 2013
...takes tragedies that have inflamed a nation - from Fruitvale to Sanford, Fla. - and brings them back down to human scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Melin
August 9, 2013
There are scenes that were certainly fabricated for the movie, but the emotional truth behind them feels real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 7, 2013
An utterly moving and rich slice-of-life fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 6, 2013
Yet, despite being aware of the outcome, the movie is, in its own profane and streetwise manner, a warmhearted and soulful story of a young man's journey toward self-discovery and determination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 2, 2013
An impressive launch for the film's young writer-director and a signal that the movie's leading man will be a major presence in American film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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