Fruitvale Station Reviews

  • Coogler immerses us in this life, so that when it's cut short, you won't just weep, you'll cry out in protest. Fruitvale Station is great political filmmaking because it's great filmmaking, period.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A sad, touching and subtle film.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • As the film plays out, the audience is likely to be overwhelmed by anger and the inability to stop what is coming. Opportunities for the story to take a different turn and avoid tragedy loom, leaving a haunting impression.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • In naturalistic and unforced strokes, he allows Grant to exist as a complex, even contradictory human, inviting the audience simply to sit with his life, his loss and what they both meant.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • It's a film to make you weep with sorrow and anger, and one of the most necessary films of the year.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A restrained but forceful picture that captures some of the texture and detail of one human life.

    Stephanie Zacharek — Village Voice

  • Without ever being forced or false, and with an amazingly honest eye and ear for detail, writer-director Ryan Coogler's drama about a young man's final hours is one of the most extraordinary films you'll see this year.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • At a time when the multiplexes are crowded with coarse comedy and inept spectacle, here's a homegrown movie that honors its subject and the medium.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Fruitvale is easy to see as something more than a movie - a diagnosis, perhaps, or a part of that sticky vortex we call the zeitgeist.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 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.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • The movie is the model of decency and respect, and does honor to a life unjustly ended; it offers few surprises but is nonetheless shocking.

    Richard Brody — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • Coogler could've settled for an enraging, full-throttle melodrama, designed to boil your blood from beginning to end. But "Fruitvale Station" is better, more heartbreaking, than that.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Grant's ordinary life seems eminently dramatic even without its place in history.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Oscar Grant had friends, he had a sister and a mother and a grandmother, a girlfriend, a child. In concise measures, Fruitvale Station shows us these connections, these bonds.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Fruitvale Station" isn't just a story of one family's tragedy, but a wounding snapshot of a society struggling somewhere between melting pot and battlefield.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A harrowing film worth seeing and honoring for boldness and insight.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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