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Based on 24 Reviews
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  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Fernanda Montenegro gives a landmark performance. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Normally the sound in movie theaters is of popcorn crunching. But the sound at theaters where Central Station is showing is of hearts breaking. show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Easily among the top 10 films made last year. show more

  • 88
    G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Examiner

    Salles' solid narrative is only deceptively simple; there is a lot of dimension and depth to this gentle, sometimes painful portrait of two wanderers. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The performances are engaging and the views of rural Brazil are captivating, making the film a solid audience-pleaser even though its story often seems familiar and sentimental. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    A touching, well-made motion picture whose only real flaw lies in the overfamiliar storyline. show more

  • 80
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Filled with moments of real poignancy and gentle epiphanies, the film is also marked by strong Christian undercurrents, but, like everything else in Salles's film, they're handled with extraordinary delicacy and never feel exclusionary. show more

  • 70
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    I wasn't in the mood for this film, but it got to me anyway. show more

  • 78
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The story is much less about its resolution than the experience along the way. At its best, Central Station is a movie of small textures and fleeting moments, the intangibles that pass between people. show more

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