Fruitvale Station Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
It's a gentle film, with deep reservoirs of empathy and understanding. And so terribly sad.
Liam Nicholls
Fan The Fire
November 7, 2014
As well as being a superb piece of filmmaking and writing that tells an important story of what happened, it's also a thought-provoking tribute to what could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
[Fruitvale Station] has a profound emotional impact by keeping things simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
September 23, 2014
Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
September 16, 2014
There's a sincere clarity that Michael B. Jordan achieves from beginning to end. Raw and proficient in delivery, his performance places him near the top of the most exciting actors to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Flawed though it is by overstating the obvious, Fruitvale Station is also sensitively acted and well-intentioned.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 15, 2014
You might expect a film about the real-life shooting of a young black man by a white cop to burn with outrage and fury, but writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station is notable for its restraint and compassion.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
June 9, 2014
With his debut feature, writer-director Ryan Coogler recreates a real-life event with remarkable artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
June 8, 2014
The air of impending disaster (we open with the notorious mobile phone footage) culminates in a harrowing final act that is both chilling and heartbreaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
June 6, 2014
Brilliantly observed and very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Sight and Sound
June 6, 2014
It focuses on its subject's humanity and assesses the tragedy on a personal rather than explicitly sociopolitical level. However, the way in which it fleshes out Oscar's character makes it an acutely political work.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
June 6, 2014
Jordan doesn't beg for our sympathy and is all the more magnetic as a result. The finale is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 6, 2014
The film's version of Grant has been carefully calibrated to be just nice enough to scare up empathy and just mischievous enough to take some polish of his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 5, 2014
There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 5, 2014
Coogler's spare, sombre style serves the story well, skillfully avoiding cliche and formula to soberly rage against a grave miscarriage of justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
June 5, 2014
The emotionally wrenching Fruitvale Station doesn't feel like a call-to-arms so much as a call against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Film4
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
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