Grand Central


Grand Central

Critics Consensus

Disquieting, smartly scripted, and rounded out by a talented cast, Grand Central finds director Rebecca Zlotowski taking a remarkable step forward.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Gary is young, agile, a quick learner. He's one of those who's never been promised anything. After a succession of odd jobs, he's taken on at a nuclear power plant. There, amongst the reactors and their high doses of radioactivity, he finally finds what he's been looking for: money, a team, a family. But the team also includes Karole, Toni's wife, with whom he falls in love. Forbidden love and radiation slowly contaminate Gary. Each day is menacing.


Critic Reviews for Grand Central

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  • [Grand Central] starts as a piece of gritty social realism and gradually evolves into an old-fashioned romantic melodrama, but Zlotowski maintains such strong control over the material that the change doesn't feel jarring.

    Jun 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I found it gripping, with an edge of delirium; the locations within the power station are positively Kubrickian; there's a disquieting electronic score and Tahar Rahim gives a very open, generous performance.

    Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film has tobacco on its breath and sweat-rings at its armpits, although it's not as brawny as it would have us believe.

    May 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

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  • Grand Central plays too soft for a film with seemingly so much at stake; visually, the film is stunning, but it's missing the depth necessary for a timeless dramatic film.

    Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The scariest part of this film is when the beepers indicating excessive exposure to invisible death rays go haywire. But director Rebecca Zlotowski focuses more on an underpowered love story.

    Jun 27, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances all round are really good.

    Jul 24, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grand Central


Rahim and Seydoux display a great chemistry together in this delicate drama that Zlotowski conducts with a candid approach while knowing well how to inject tension in the scenes at the nuclear plant, although it also builds to a not very satisfying conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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