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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
By focusing on a man who's not only inept, but cavalier about his own [radiation] exposure, "Grand Central" is full of tense moments. If only the romance [Zlotowski] bogs down with symbolism were as enthralling.
The film hits its stride in the second half, hinting at the emotional confusion and unspoken motives of these characters as they circle one another, hoping to get what they want and somehow emerge unscathed.