Grand Central

2014

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.

89%

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Total Count: 27

44%

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Grand Central

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3)

  • [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.

    June 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The plotting may be contrived but Zlotowski cranks up the tension effectively enough as Rahim has to deal with both the threat of radiation poisoning and the consequences of his illicit affair.

    July 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

    July 17, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Alternately fascinating and frustrating.

    July 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5
  • Without making a vamp of herself, Seydoux goes from strength to strength, and Rahim is as nervy, reliable, and relatable as ever.

    July 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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Audience Reviews for Grand Central

  • Jun 06, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer

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