Central Station

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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics What's this?

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 61 Ratings

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  • Summary: A young boy's (Oliveira) mother is killed in front of Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. Homeless and with nowhere to turn, he is reluctantly befriended by a lonely and cynical woman (Montenegro). Resisting her initial impulse to make a quick profit off the child, she commits to returning himA young boy's (Oliveira) mother is killed in front of Rio de Janeiro's Central Station. Homeless and with nowhere to turn, he is reluctantly befriended by a lonely and cynical woman (Montenegro). Resisting her initial impulse to make a quick profit off the child, she commits to returning him to his father in Brazil's remote Northeast. The trip becomes a quest for their own identities: one boy's search for his father, and one woman's search for her heart. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Easily among the top 10 films made last year.
  2. A richly tender and moving experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    [Salles]'s imagery, like his storytelling, is clear, often unaffectedly lovely, and quietly, powerfully haunting.
  4. 80
    While the cinematography is gorgeous and the script extremely sharp, Central Station owes much of its strength to its two mismatched leads.
  5. The story is much less about its resolution than the experience along the way. At its best, Central Station is a movie of small textures and fleeting moments, the intangibles that pass between people.
  6. The performances are engaging and the views of rural Brazil are captivating, making the film a solid audience-pleaser even though its story often seems familiar and sentimental.
  7. Film.com
    Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    40
    It's blatantly manipulative pairing of an adorable young boy and a selfish, honesty-challenged older woman [is] so calculating that I could never get emotionally involved.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jan 9, 2011
    10
    The best brazilian movie of all time and count with the extraordinary performance of Fernanda Montenegro, who should did win Oscar. SimplyThe best brazilian movie of all time and count with the extraordinary performance of Fernanda Montenegro, who should did win Oscar. Simply wonderful!!! Collapse
  2. CarlosE.
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    The best movier ot the history.
  3. AnderV.
    Mar 16, 2006
    10
    Very deep. A beautiful and touch history.
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    "Central Station" is a masterpiece where Walter Salles joins his great talent as a director perfectly to the excellent script and cast"Central Station" is a masterpiece where Walter Salles joins his great talent as a director perfectly to the excellent script and cast powerful. Film ensures Fernanda Montenegro the title of one of the best performances of world cinema. Expand
  5. Jan 3, 2014
    9
    Outra obra magnífica do cinema brasileiro, uma road movie simplesmente comovente e feito com alta qualidade de seus produtores, com certeza umOutra 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. Expand
  6. JimG.
    Jul 27, 2006
    7
    Enjoyable portrait of the universal search for family.
  7. DougS.
    Feb 27, 2007
    1
    This a terribly amateurish boring movie that I would not wish on anyone. Don't waste your time, get something else.

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