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Fruitvale Station Reviews

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July 12, 2013
Many will respond to the film as a gut-level human interest piece, but it's as curtailed and nuance-free a character study as it is a political polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 4, 2013
Sensitively performed and laced with some forceful, quotidian grit, the film evades the larger questions behind a scandalous shooting death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 25, 2013
Fruitvale Station intends to investigate a troubled soul at the very moment of its awakening, but rarely does it feel authentic, and worse, it comes up frustratingly incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 11, 2013
In the end, what is the meaning of the film?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2013
Even if every word of Coogler's account of the last day in Grant's life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject.
June 5, 2014
Why is goodhearted liberal cinema sometimes so dumb?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 5, 2014
Just... no. This is heartstring-tugging hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 18, 2013
Strives only for an emotional response rather than an intellectual one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 12, 2013
Coogler's film is shaky, sometimes literally slipping out of focus even as its own vision remains resolutely blinkered.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2014
The problem with Fruitvale Station isn't that it is so dense with foreboding but that foreboding is the only register it has.
July 11, 2013
[Ryan] Coogler isn't exactly an invisible hand. He pokes and prods his audience at every turn: Neither the false moments nor the powerful ones leave much mystery about how we're supposed to feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
February 20, 2014
Fruitvale Station does work, but it's marred by problematic writing and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 6, 2014
As a first feature for writer/director Ryan Coogler, it's pretty remarkable. As a star-making vehicle for Michael B. Jordan, it's a slam dunk.
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
April 24, 2014
A captivating film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2013
Though the film's ending is no mystery, the personal details are what make this story so absorbing and so moving - more so precisely because his fate is already known.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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