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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
How it makes you feel depends little, if at all, about your position on abortion. The procedure acts as a MacGuffin for caustic commentary about Communist clampdowns and a friendship's annihilative death spiral through loyalty, desperation and sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 11, 2010
No one in Bucharest gives a damn about anything. And he takes 113 long, drawn-out minutes to send this bit of news.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Unrelieved gloom
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 31, 2009
Director Cristian Mungiu makes effective use of fairly static camera setups, in addition to some hand-held shots, to give the film a documentary feel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Louis Proyect
March 4, 2009
Extremely powerful story about women dealing with illegal abortion issues in Stalinist Romania, but it is not a simple propaganda movie. In fact, it is a sublime if deeply troubling work of art.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
October 18, 2008
For people who take their movies seriously, a quick course in Romanian might now be necessary -- and so is a trip to the theater to see 4 Months.
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
Grippingly horrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
This is an unsettling film, brilliantly acted all around, most especially by Vasiliu and Marinca.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
October 1, 2008
Better viewed as an illustration of the extreme dynamics of a friendship of personality contrasts than as a movie about illegal abortion or oppressive Communist regimes.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
A stark, thought-provoking and disturbing insight into the harsh reality of life under the Ceausescu regime.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
July 31, 2008
While other films may be just as engaging due to wit or sheer spectacle, few have ever been as affecting on an emotional level.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
If you love slow moving character studies with a provocative subject matter, then go see this right now.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
July 5, 2008
A real kick in the gut
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 3, 2008
A keenly observed and ferociously realistic somber political drama about an illegal abortion in the Romania of 1987.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 11, 2008
Like another recent streetwise Cannes prize winner, the Belgian film L'Enfant, it is stripped of sentimentality and pretense. It is visually static, glacially paced and dramatically unvarnished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
April 3, 2008
This is a low, slow whistle film. Just wow. Gripping. Emotionally honest. Frustrating, too. Sad. Not one many pro-lifers would enjoy although the message coming at me loud and clear was 'nothing is worth going through that!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 2, 2008
I'm glad I saw it, even though I can't imagine ever wanting to see it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 28, 2008
...a stark bleak testimony to friendship and the indomitability of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 20, 2008
It's a hard film to watch, especially if you know where it goes--I had to brace myself to see it a second time. But it's an important film, one of great feeling. It even works as a thriller.
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