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The Station Agent Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    81

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The movie, which ends on an unexpected note of wistful humor, also gleans gentle and non-derisive chuckles out of Fin's physical state.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A droll and affecting debut feature by Tom McCarthy.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    That his (writer-director Tom McCarthy) strange, often funny film is so well-disciplined and deadpan refreshing is an achievement.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Yes, this is a comedy, but it's also sad, and finally it's simply a story about trying to figure out what you love to do and then trying to figure out how to do it.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Wonderfully understated, Station Agent is a masterful film and a bracing movie experience. Its power is in large part because of the performers, most prominently Dinklage as the solitary dwarf.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

A quiet joy with breathtaking performances.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely strong language and sexual references, including out of wedlock pregnancies. Characters drink and smoke a lot and one becomes drunk. There are some sad deaths (offscreen) and some mild peril (no one hurt). The thoughtlessness and prejudice Fin experiences are sensitively portrayed and there is a lovely friendship that transcends age and race.

  • Families can talk about why Olivia only could be friends with Joe after meeting Fin and what made each of the characters begin to want to be with each other.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Sad deaths (offscreen), some peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Extremely strong sexual references, including out of wedlock pregnancies.

  • language false3

    Language: Extremely strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and smoke a lot; character gets drunk.

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