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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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September 6, 2017
While Fruitvale Station is elevated by Jordan's portrayal, the supporting cast, whose characters surround Oscar even during his most internal struggles, is also magnetic to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 25, 2017
Ryan Coogler's film accomplishes what so many films fail to do: put us in touch with the life that was ended that night.
August 14, 2017
This is a film for the people, a film for feelers and thinkers who want to see a story about a flawed person who loved his daughter and family.
March 21, 2017
Michael B. Jordon honed his talent on series like The Wire and Friday Night Lights. His performance seems natural but that doesn't mean it was easy to achieve. It's subtle, deep and fiery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2016
Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer are particularly good in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2016
Ryan Coogler's film is very sad and will make you cry, and maybe that's a good thing. I acknowledge it's important to devote time and care to such portrayals of abuse and injustice, and Coogler has certainly done that.
April 28, 2015
It's a gentle film, with deep reservoirs of empathy and understanding. And so terribly sad.
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
October 10, 2014
[Fruitvale Station] has a profound emotional impact by keeping things simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
June 27, 2014
Flawed though it is by overstating the obvious, Fruitvale Station is also sensitively acted and well-intentioned.
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.
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
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
June 6, 2014
Brilliantly observed and very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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
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
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
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