Fruitvale Station
Fruitvale Station (2013)

Winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, director Ryan Coogler's FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Passionate and powerfully acted, Fruitvale Station serves as a celebration of life, a condemnation of death, and a triumph for star Michael B. Jordan.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Michael B. Jordan is simply brilliant in his portrayal of Grant, whom Coogler presents as a generally happy, if complex and somewhat troubled young man.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

It's hard not to watch Fruitvale Station with a coiled dread... Yet, Coogler's greatest achievement may be in reminding us that Grant was a work in progress with people who loved him in spite of his flaws and because of his hopes.

Craig D. Lindsey
INDY Week

It's a sad state of affairs when movies like Fruitvale Station have to show everyone what they should know by now: Black people are people, too.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

The intimacy of debut writer-director Ryan Coogler's approach to the film and the no-frills, believably real quality of the main performances combine to drive the senselessness of Oscar's killing home with visceral impact.

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Wesley Morris
Grantland

You wonder if Coogler would have felt freer had Grant somehow lived that night, if the director weren't put in a position where he felt the need to honor the dead by bringing him to dramatic life. But he believes in his ambition.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

While Fruitvale Station is elevated by Jordan's portrayal, the supporting cast, whose characters surround Oscar even during his most internal struggles, is also magnetic to watch.

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine

Writer-director Ryan Coogler's [film is an] assured and evenhanded debut.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

We feel the death on the platform so acutely not because it's a stupid act of randomness, but hardly untypical racist violence, but because we've come to love this man.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Ryan Coogler's film accomplishes what so many films fail to do: put us in touch with the life that was ended that night.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A tragic story of intolerance and injustice that sustains an ubiquitous tension right from the first scene (when we are told how it all ends) and eschews any… More
Daniel Perry
Based on a true story, and beginning with its ending, there should be no tension in this movie - you know how it will turn out. And yet, the run-up is… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Michael B. Jordan excels in a sensitive portrayal of a troubled young man, unaware that his time is running out. A poignant story with simple but gripping… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Well-paced, well-crafted, and ultimately heartbreaking, Fruitvale Station is a short but timely film that tells an important story.
Spencer S.
While racially motivated police violence isn't anything new, "Fruitvale Station" is a feature to watch in our present political climate, in lieu… More
Manu Gino
Every step brings you closer to the edge. Nice Film! Fruitvale Station is a solid film, well paced and edited, with a strong lead performance by Michael B.… More