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: November 20, 1998
DVD 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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James Berardinelli

Central Station is both literate and emotionally-powerful -- an increasingly rare combination.

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Emanuel Levy

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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Paul Tatara

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

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Lucy Mohl

What gives the film its strength is that cutting away the first layer only reveals more levels of toughness; it takes time to discover the pure soul beneath.

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.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Salles directs simply and watchfully, with an eye that seems to penetrate all the characters who are encountered on Dora's and Josue's journey.

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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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Warm and deeply moving, this is not your typical road movie but a wonderful drama that will make you laugh, cry and in the end feel like you got to know these… 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. :)
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
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
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
Sarah Gaish
A thorughly enjoyable film with some fine acting, enjoyable moments, beautiful scenery and great story. More to follow...