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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance.
  2. A richly tender and moving experience.
  3. There's plenty of room for sentimentality here, but the wonder of Salles' film is all in the telling.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    A touching, well-made motion picture whose only real flaw lies in the overfamiliar storyline.
  6. 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
    The best brazilian movie of all time and count with the extraordinary performance of Fernanda Montenegro, who should did win Oscar. Simply wonderful!!! Collapse
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    "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
  3. AnderV.
    Mar 16, 2006
    Very deep. A beautiful and touch history.
  4. CarlosE.
    Oct 19, 2005
    The best movier ot the history.
  5. 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. Expand
  6. JimG.
    Jul 27, 2006
    Enjoyable portrait of the universal search for family.
  7. DougS.
    Feb 27, 2007
    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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