Central Station (Central do Brasil)
Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998)

Dora is a former school teacher who makes a living by writing letters for illiterate people passing through Rio de Janeiro's main train station, Central Station. Among her clients are Ana and her nine-year-old son Josue, who has a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 13, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Salles transcends road-movie clichés and crafts a film that is as moving as it is universal.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

As beautiful as it is wrenching.

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Peter T. Chattaway
Patheos

Central Station tells a familiar story, but it makes use of its setting in an original and thoughtful way.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

'Central do Brasil' tem a simplicidade dos grandes filmes.

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com

It'll probably work better if you're not terribly familiar with the movies that inspired it.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

What separates and elevates Walter Salles' film above the familiar neo-realist type of melodrama is the stylized visual style and Fernanda Montengero's stunning performance.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An orphan boy tenderizes the heart of a cynical woman who finally realizes her kinship with others. This is a deeply spiritual film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie's success rests largely on the shoulders of Fernanda Montenegro, an actress who successfully defeats any temptation to allow sentimentality to wreck her relationship with the child.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a road movie of uncommon texture and grit during which the mismatched couple, each initially defensive and guarded, bond with each other.

Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

It's not just a strong, heartfelt drama. It's a film that transcends its national boundaries.


Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Central Station is of a tale of sorrow that brought two strangers together to embark on an uncertain journey. Sophisticated cinematography and lush musical… More
Randy Tippy
I don't remember who recommended this movie to me but, whoever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)
Stella Dallas
certainly it's a story we've seen before: cranky person saddled with kid learns compassion and reconnects with humanity. what keeps the viewer… More
El Hombre Invisible
The film is darker than standard road trip fare. Dora (Fernanda Montenegro) is a mean, cynical and condescending individual. She writes letters for illiterate… More
Anthony Lawrie
Beautiful film about a young boy looking for his father and the woman who helps him. Brilliantly acted by Fernanda Montenegro & Vinìcius de Oliveira and… More
Sarah Gaish
A thorughly enjoyable film with some fine acting, enjoyable moments, beautiful scenery and great story. More to follow...