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Overall Rating
4.38

Awesome: 41.18%
Worth A Look55.88%
Just Average: 2.94%
Pretty Crappy: 0%
Sucks: 0%

9 reviews, 48 user ratings


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Station Agent, The
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by Elaine Perrone

"As warm and companionable as an evening with an old friend."
4 stars

The Station Agent is a sweet, comic indie crowd pleaser about the deceptive safety of isolation and the power of friendships found where, and with whom, we least expect.

Fin (Peter Dinklage) is a railroad enthusiast and a dwarf, who inherits a plot of land and a railroad station in New Foundland, NJ (aka The Middle of Nowhere). Olivia (Patricia Clarkson) is an artist grieving a broken marriage and the death of a child. Both find safe havens in this reclusive environment, each wanting nothing more than to be Left The Hell Alone.

Unfortunately, they are thrown together, literally, when she almost runs over him with her car -- twice.

Then, into their midst comes Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a voluble but immensely likeable Cuban hot-dog vendor to whom the ideas of solitude and silence are anathema. Joe is the one who brings the three together for outings like walking the tracks, chasing trains in his sandwich truck, and hosting dinner parties that feature great Cuban food and plenty of good weed.

In the end, though, it is Fin who is the anchor, teaching -- and learning for himself -- the power of the helping hand and the comfort of solitude and silence among friends.

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originally posted: 07/23/04 23:58:58
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User Comments

10/05/10 PAUL SHORTT OBSERVANT AND THOUGHTFUL 3 stars
8/23/10 RLan a decent movie with a solid cast but it was slow at times. 3 stars
11/14/09 Liberty Man. Ditto to Annie G said. A pleasure to watch 4 stars
9/13/08 Annie G Extremely enjoyable film about friendship and life. 5 stars
3/02/08 ladavies Great performances, interesting characters. Great movie! 5 stars
12/29/07 David Absolute brilliance. You owe it to yourself to at least give this film a chance. 5 stars
4/28/07 Geraldine Lovely. And fun to watch back-to-back with Little Miss Sunshine. 5 stars
2/28/07 Matt Craven So good... but what ever happened with the librarian? What was the point of her role? 4 stars
5/15/06 Indrid Cold Hits all the right indie notes and almost none of the wrong ones. Dinklage is brilliant. 4 stars
8/29/05 ES Interesting, some comedy, sympathic main character 4 stars
8/14/05 Irene A truly wonderful movie. 5 stars
8/06/05 Phil M. Aficionado Just wish some of the scenes had played out a little longer; otherwise, great 4 stars
4/07/05 Rocco L Nazzaro Very good storyline about strangers that become friends. 4 stars
1/30/05 Darryl Wonderful characters and performances. A true gem. 5 stars
1/21/05 Tjalda L. Schiel Wonderful stuff. 5 stars
1/15/05 Jeff Anderson LIVING IN OBLIVION'S scene stealing Peter Dinklage is absolutely terrific in this movie! 5 stars
12/30/04 Landshark i like my trains straight , no chaser 4 stars
12/22/04 Michael O'Connor This is a great story. A MUST see film! 5 stars
12/16/04 Carl Utterback Truly funny and unforced. 5 stars
11/26/04 DM Not bad at all 4 stars
10/06/04 Rob P S Beautifully written and acted. 5 stars
9/28/04 Harry D A true gem. Fin's deadpan presence & honest dialogue won me over. 5 stars
8/09/04 Brian Mckay One of those rare films that I wish had gone on for longer. 4 stars
7/31/04 The Talking Elbow A refreshing movie which teaches a few good lessons. 4 stars
7/20/04 Danny Smith Gently humorous 4 stars
6/30/04 AlonsoGo Made me squirm but left a lasting grin on my face 4 stars
6/24/04 iulia pittman This is a very beautiful movie! 5 stars
5/23/04 Alan Liddle With the plot it should have shockin', but it was Great! 5 stars
4/16/04 alien assassin A film like this is worth a hundred "mainstream" flicks 5 stars
3/18/04 Fennie Mao Great movie for the whole family to enjoy. 4 stars
3/18/04 Jim Hollingsworth Great movie! It had me looking inside as much as at the movie! 5 stars
2/20/04 Matthew Smith a delightful film with plenty if heartfelt moments and very funny scenes 5 stars
2/18/04 cj Addictive! - a wonderful movie to see again and again. 5 stars
2/09/04 Liz Skipper Best picture I've seen since "The Way Home" [Korean] last year. So natural...so wonderful! 5 stars
1/20/04 Betty White Really good cast and an engaging storyline; what more can u ask for? 5 stars
1/17/04 Flora Durfee Great! One flaw was too much cigarette smoking, which wasn't necessary in telling the story 4 stars
12/27/03 Lorrie Rabin Wonderful movie! 5 stars
11/18/03 malcolm a pleasant little movie--a valuable lesson in minimalism 3 stars
11/06/03 Cameron Slick A small well-made film that explores loneliness very well. 4 stars
11/05/03 Ted A sensitive film to be enjoyed by all 5 stars
10/27/03 Deanna Fountain outstanding 5 stars
10/04/03 HH The best film I have seen so far this year 5 stars
9/17/03 Jeff Goldman A Masterpiece 5 stars
9/15/03 Hal Klegen The best film I saw all year! 5 stars
9/15/03 Nancy James Excellent!!!! 5 stars
9/15/03 April Connors Wonderful film!! 5 stars
9/10/03 Nick Hatalski Awesome film - A Must See 5 stars
7/19/03 Elizabeth Roussel A MUST SEE! 5 stars
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USA
  03-Oct-2003 (R)
  DVD: 15-Jun-2004

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Australia
  05-Feb-2004




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