Fruitvale Station Synopsis
Oscar is shot and killed on a BART platform by the police.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
One of the most extraordinary films you’ll see this year.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Fruitvale Station works because Coogler and his leading man present a many-sided protagonist, neither saint nor unalloyed sinner.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
At the age of 27 Mr. Coogler seems to have it all, and have it firmly in place a clearsighted take on his subject (no airbrushing of flaws...
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Fruitvale Station will rock your world — and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it.
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In many ways, Fruitvale Station is as green and earnest as "Boyz N the Hood," a debut film made by another alumnus of Coogler's alma mater,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Fruitvale Station is great political filmmaking because it's great filmmaking, period.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Michael B. Jordan is superbly multi-dimensional as Grant.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It shows us the everyday pressures and problems, the joys and pleasures, experienced by someone moving through life. And then that BART...
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Fruitvale Station is intimate in the best way, thanks largely to Jordan's deft, responsive performance.
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By Geoff Berkshire
Even if every word of Coogler’s account of the last day in Grant’s life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in...
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saw this on the day of Trayvon's verdict - remarkable film

By jgillson
This is an amazing, heartbreaking film. All of the actors are remarkable. It resonated in a particularly tragic way for me, having seen it on the same day as the Trayvon Martin verdict. This film...

Skip the action movie, see a movie with more substance this time around!

By canumvenaticorum
I felt like I was experiencing the life of Oscar Grant through his eyes and the eyes of the people that came into contact with him during his last day; the random strangers, his mother, his...

Must see. Powerful, intense, timely.

By reviewbeatz
The film opens with the actual video footage of the tragic events that ended with the death of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station. The movie rewinds to bring you the every day life of the characters...

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By thomasbender
This power film is visually and humanly compelling The acting and directing are outstanding. The characterization of the leading character is beautifully played, and the supporting actors are all...

Brilliantly Done!

By wiseone
The movie was sobering, and amazingly true to the essence of what can take place within the life of an individual... it humanized him despite how the criminal justice system attempted to portray him....

A feeling like never before

By reneemcgruder
When this movie ended I was actually numb. I couldn't move. Everyone left and the cleaning crew came in. I was still sitting there. This movie is very raw, real, and emotional. It's more like a...

Living it!

By adellpickens
I think everyone who is not black or Hispanic should go see this movie with one of their black or Hispanic friends. As an African American man it something that I believe we see and live everyday,...

Extremely relevant at the moment

By michaeldj68
It is really interesting this film came out the weekend of the Zimmerman news because the theme is linked. There could be a sub-genre of films called "Corrupt Police Movies" and this would be one of...

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By ahastings
An excellent, very well made film. I highly recommend it, especially in this period following the Travyon Martin trial. It helped me to understand what black youth are up against. Riveting....

Heartbreaking, beautiful film

By starri
See this movie. The script and directing are top-notch, and if there's any justice Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan will be Oscar nominees come award season....

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Rated R | For Some violence, language throughout and some drug use.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Powerful, mature drama based on tragic-real life shooting.
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