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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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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+
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
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
December 10, 2013
Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.
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
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
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.
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
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.
November 3, 2013
Despite its credibility issues, the film is still able to deliver an emotional finale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 3, 2013
Riveting, emotionally charged drama, with powerhouse performances to match. Jordan is a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
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
September 25, 2013
Assured directorial debut of the 26-year-old Ryan Coogler.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 22, 2013
It's an unflinching, 360-degree character portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
August 24, 2013
does something more radical ... humanizes the protagonist
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 21, 2013
Stunning, timely look at the killing of an unarmed man
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
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