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Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

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  • Summary: A film about three people with nothing in common, except their shared solitude, until chance circumstances bring their lives together. Before long, from this forgotten depot, this mismatched threesome forges an unlikely bond, which ultimately reveals that even isolation is better shared. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Ruthie Stein
    100
    As touching and original a movie as you're likely to see this year.
  2. 90
    It's hard to say why The Station Agent sends you out feeling so benevolent. It may have something to do with being in the presence of a director who treats you with respect. McCarthy allows us to feel without telling us how and what we should feel.
  3. 90
    The movie's writer and director, Tom McCarthy, has such an appreciation for quiet that it occupies the same space as a character in this film, a delicate, thoughtful and often hilarious take on loneliness.
  4. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    80
    Ultimately this is a film about feelings, moments and things not said. Like "Lost In Translation," it’s about what happens when people living in their own little worlds collide.
  5. 80
    Quiet and meditative, Dinklage neatly sidesteps the trope of the angry dwarf, and Clarkson, even in pain and rage, is characteristically warm and sexy -- she's our very own Helen Mirren.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    Though the movie is predictable, it's also honest; Fin emerges from his struggles a better person but not A Better Person, if you catch my drift. And in any case all of the actors are a great pleasure to watch.
  7. A bit too satisfied with its own sweet sensitivities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Jan 14, 2015
    10
    This movies made me happy, not for a moment after it ended but it made me happy for a very long time after watching it, days even. The storyThis movies made me happy, not for a moment after it ended but it made me happy for a very long time after watching it, days even. The story is simple, warm, funny. The casting and characters are nothing short of perfect. If you have not seen this film and are reading this review looking to see if you think it is worth watch, believe me now, stop reading and start watching.

    If this movie doesn't warm your insides you must be cryogenic!!!
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  2. May 6, 2014
    10
    So these people just follow a midget around for an hour and a half...The midget is boring, but so are the people who have been following theSo these people just follow a midget around for an hour and a half...The midget is boring, but so are the people who have been following the midget around. They share their boring lives with each other as friendships manifest itself in the most natural of ways...boring life stuff happens, and that's the end. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2013
    9
    Amusing and at the same time gripping The Station Agent is a great film. Tied together with fantastic performances by Cannavale and DinklageAmusing and at the same time gripping The Station Agent is a great film. Tied together with fantastic performances by Cannavale and Dinklage you can't help but love the trio of friends that develop and you can't wait to see how everything plays out. This film is certainly different which makes it so unique and it seems very realistic which is something that many movies lack. Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2012
    6
    A great movie with some interesting view points on life concerning certain types of people.
    Abit slow at times, but it is indeed a sweet
    A great movie with some interesting view points on life concerning certain types of people.
    Abit slow at times, but it is indeed a sweet sensitive story among three people who shouldn't actually be going well together. The main character had something that reminded me of myself, which I found interesting. Overall a good movie, but action cravers, stay away from this one! You won't find any of that in this movie.
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  5. jd
    Oct 19, 2007
    1
    Yet another movie whose success depends on flattering the viewer that he's somehow more intelligent and sensitive than most of the bozos Yet another movie whose success depends on flattering the viewer that he's somehow more intelligent and sensitive than most of the bozos on screen -- which isn't terribly hard for the writer to do, since he's written all the parts. Add to that the usual dose of post-ironic quirk, and the ludicrous notion that the lonely offer each other comfort (if that were true, why would anyone be lonely?) and we've got a Sundance award-winner. What would happen if actual artists started working in this medium? Expand
  6. May 29, 2012
    1
    If he wanted to be left alone - in his boring world. Then why should the viewer be interested? I must say that this is the most boring movieIf he wanted to be left alone - in his boring world. Then why should the viewer be interested? I must say that this is the most boring movie I have ever had to sit through. Who cares about this character and why do I want to know more about him if his world is so small that he only wants to watch trains go by. The acting was bad, the plot non-existent. Total Crap ! Expand
  7. DenisG.
    Sep 27, 2005
    0
    Ending not abrupt enough. Ten minutes was too much of this drivel abt implausible characters going nowhere slowly.

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