The Station Agent

What do you call a movie about a reclusive dwarf named Fin (an extraordinary performance from Peter Dinklage) who inherits an abandoned train depot in New Jersey? You could call it precious, which it sometimes is. But writer-director Tom McCarthy has a gift for funny and touching nuances as Fin reluctantly opens up to Joe (Bobby Cannavale), a hot-dog vendor, and Olivia (Patricia Clarkson), an artist. The three actors could not be better. Huge feelings are packed into this small, fragile movie. It's something special.

From The Archives Issue 359: December 24, 1981