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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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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
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
August 7, 2013
An utterly moving and rich slice-of-life fable.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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
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
August 2, 2013
The performance by Michael B. Jordan is authentic and convincing, and helps us stay engaged in a film that wants to be mundane until its explosive finale.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2013
In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, this compassionate film reclaims the humanity of victims transformed into political symbols and provides context for those who think the media and not Zimmerman's bullet 'injected race' into the Martin killing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 1, 2013
One of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.75/5
July 31, 2013
This dramatic story is told in a fair and balanced way, supplemented with excellent acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 30, 2013
A powerful acknowledgement of existence
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 29, 2013
It's funny how the bloated, overly lengthy studio blockbusters have far less impact than 90 minutes of a relatively brief, CGI-free 'little' movie such as 'Fruitvale Station.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 29, 2013
The slow first hour is more than compensated for by the half hour climax that leaves one in tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 28, 2013
As Grant, Michael B. Jordan's stunning good looks and immaculately restrained acting affects even those who don't want to be manipulated-who want to watch this story with unfogged eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 27, 2013
Without emotion-tweaking music or too much fictional streamlining and highlighting, he captures a sense of the random and pointless horror of a young man shot in the back while laying on his stomach
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 26, 2013
after seeing Fruitvale Station you should come away with the impulse to muse on the life behind the next tragic homicide in the news that sparks debate ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4
July 26, 2013
The film is both personal and universal. Jordan can be so touching, and his intimidating ferocity is palpable. This is an important picture with a breakout performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2013
It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2013
Fruitvale Station's arrival in theaters corresponds with the outcry over the Trayvon Martin case. But Fruitvale did not need added relevancy to be remarkable.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 2013
Fruitvale Station is a heart-rending stop; just remember that the line doesn't end there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2013
Was Oscar Grant going to turn his life around? We'll never know because of a pointless act of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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