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The Station Agent

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

A quiet joy with breathtaking performances.

Movie R 2003 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Poignant romantic Drama

A movie about three lonely and slightly pathetic people who befriend each other by accident. I prefer Patricia Klarksen over Meryl Streep
age 15+

Quiet, somber dramedy is an indie gem!

There isn't a bad player in "The Station Agent," and that's because there's only three main characters! Peter Dinklage heads this thoughtful little film about the powers of friendship, grieving and loneliness. Joe, Fin and Olivia all struggle with isolation, and they all have different ways of handling it. I especially enjoyed Bobby Cannavale, who stood out in last year's star studded "Blue Jasmine," as essentially the fun, talkative hot dog vendor who's looking for friends and an escape from his sick dad. Dinklage is the anchor though, and you really sympathize with his character, and truly wonder how different any of us really are from one another. This is a great movie to watch on a quiet Sunday and enjoy!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie is a quiet joy, with sensitive performances of breathtaking delicacy. Dinklage gives Fin a dignity and self-possession that makes his journey infinitely touching. Cannavale gives Joe a subtle yearning quality beneath the bluster. In one scene, some guys who would seem like natural companions for Joe come by to joke around and they invite him to play ball with him. Cannavale's reaction shows us that he understands Joe far better than Joe understands himself.

Goodwin is marvelously natural as Cleo sees Finn for the first time and asks him what grade he is in. Clarkson, who won an acting award at Sundance, has the showiest and most under-written role, but she gives Olivia grace and heart. These characters will stay with you for a long time.

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