Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance.
  2. Normally the sound in movie theaters is of popcorn crunching. But the sound at theaters where Central Station is showing is of hearts breaking.
  3. Easily among the top 10 films made last year.
  4. A richly tender and moving experience.
  5. For Fernanda Montenegro, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Italy's late Giulietta Masina (Federico Fellini's wife and frequent star) in appearance and talent, "Central Station" is a personal triumph and a rich cinematic experience.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    [Salles]'s imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.
  7. But in a calculated move that pays off handsomely, the picture's remarkable power is reserved for the end, when the intertwining themes coalesce in an extraordinarily satisfying and stirring way.
  8. 90
    An intimate epic.
  9. Salles' solid narrative is only deceptively simple; there is a lot of dimension and depth to this gentle, sometimes painful portrait of two wanderers.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    The best brazilian movie of all time and count with the extraordinary performance of Fernanda Montenegro, who should did win Oscar. Simply wonderful!!! Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    Outra obra magnífica do cinema brasileiro, uma road movie simplesmente comovente e feito com alta qualidade de seus produtores, com certeza um dos melhor filmes estrangeiros de todos os tempos. Full Review »