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The Station Agent Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 26, 2004
Mr. Dinklage projects both size and intelligence in the fascinating reticence of his face.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 31, 2003
While many movies reintroduce us to the same old types, The Station Agent is an original -- you've never seen these people on screen before, and it's a pleasure to make their acquaintance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 15, 2003
The Station Agent never leaves its sleepy patch of New Jersey. But when it's over, you know you've been somewhere.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 9, 2003
The powerfully understated charmer, The Station Agent, is nothing more - and nothing less -- than the quiet study of a gently unfurling friendship between three misfits.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
November 6, 2003
It's a gem to savor.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2003
As touching and original a movie as you're likely to see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 17, 2003
Despite its humble nature, the film is downright uplifting without being vulgar, flashy or embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 17, 2003
There's a lot to discover in The Station Agent. New faces, terrific acting, gentle directing and more than a few geeky train facts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 17, 2003
Dinklage's face and demeanor, his sense of solitude, ballasts some of the film's loonier episodes. There's always something on his mind, and you're always wondering what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
The best advice to filmgoers who appreciate smart, mature, humanist movies is, simply, Go.
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October 17, 2003
[A] blessedly serene comedy.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 17, 2003
A film of small pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 17, 2003
A slower-moving but powerfully absorbing drama.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 17, 2003
A small, smart movie that goes a long way toward making a lasting and tender impression.
| Original Score: B+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 17, 2003
Yes, this is a comedy, but it's also sad, and finally it's simply a story about trying to figure out what you love to do and then trying to figure out how to do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 16, 2003
This exemplary debut film by writer-director Thomas McCarthy has a fine sense of comic timing and a rare generosity of spirit.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 16, 2003
Slight, sweet and smart, it's a modest crowd-pleaser that doesn't make you feel like a yahoo for cheering, and it displays a mastery of tone that the big boys would do well to study.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 16, 2003
There are as many sharply observed moments as there are surprisingly funny ones.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 16, 2003
Like the best sort of short story, The Station Agent captures lives in fleeting, but telling, moments.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 16, 2003
A small movie with a big heart.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 16, 2003
[A] beautifully sincere, character-driven film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 13, 2003
... one of my favorites ...
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 10, 2003
The Station Agent's gentle wit and hard-won insights feel like the product of someone who has observed the world around him with an empathetic eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 10, 2003
The kind of film that's sentimental but not sloppy, that invites you into its warm heart without offending your cynical head.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 3, 2003
A surprisingly funny film.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 3, 2003
This Sundance winner deserves every accolade it's earned so far for the way the director and his cast sidestep the script's inherent obstacles of eccentricity and whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 2, 2003
A very likable but -- make no mistake -- modest first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 2, 2003
A delicate, thoughtful and often hilarious take on loneliness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 2, 2003
Deft and funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 2, 2003
A movie with an intellectual existence both on and off the screen, as well as an emotional resonance that is difficult to shake.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2003
[The Station Agent] brings a fine sense of place, a saving humor, and a delicate appreciation of the way we sit tight on our hurts and losses, or run from them in order to avoid further pain.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2003
Strange, often funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
September 30, 2003
It's Dinklage who ensures that the film skirts mawkishness.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 25, 2003
It's something special.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
February 26, 2003
A masterful film and a bracing movie experience.