Fruitvale Station Reviews

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September 23, 2014
Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.
June 6, 2014
Jordan doesn't beg for our sympathy and is all the more magnetic as a result. The finale is devastating.
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.
June 5, 2014
Just... no. This is heartstring-tugging hooey.
December 10, 2013
Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man.
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.
December 10, 2013
Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.
September 22, 2013
It's an unflinching, 360-degree character portrait.
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.
July 26, 2013
You wonder if Coogler would have felt freer had Grant somehow lived that night, if the director weren't put in a position where he felt the need to honor the dead by bringing him to dramatic life. But he believes in his ambition.
July 26, 2013
We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man.
July 26, 2013
Michael B. Jordan (The Wire and Friday Night Lights) plays Oscar with the heart and compelling charm required to make us feel close to him.
July 26, 2013
It's a story of one young man's tragedy, a story that resonates with so many other tragedies. Oscar Grant wasn't some mere symbol; this film makes him flesh and, unfortunately, blood.
July 25, 2013
An eloquent memorial for a man who barely experienced life, and a haunting reminder of how quickly it can be lost.
July 25, 2013
Empathy and authenticity keep you on the edge of your seat at Fruitvale Station.
July 25, 2013
Some of this narrative feels cliched, but Coogler and his actors make it work by leaning toward understatement.
July 25, 2013
It's a film to make you weep with sorrow and anger, and one of the most necessary films of the year.
July 25, 2013
Whatever role prejudice have played a part in the shooting - Oscar and his friends were black, and the officers were white - Fruitvale Station refuses to turn the incident into a statement on race and divisiveness.
July 25, 2013
Coogler immerses the viewer in Grant's world, creating empathy for his struggles while also examining the realities that limit his options.
July 24, 2013
Fruitvale Station sums up Oscar's life, but the act of summing up can tell us only so much, since a young life is still a maze of promise and indecision.
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