• R, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Cristian Mungiu
    In Theaters:
    May 17, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 17, 2008
  • IFC First Take

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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

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Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

(Cristian) Mungiu creates great screen tension when he introduces the black-market abortionist.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2008
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

It may not have been remembered at Oscar time but it's cinema you won't soon forget.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

March 18, 2008
Barry Johnson
Oregonian

Writer-director Cristian Mungiu uses long, naturalistic shots and creates a credibly grimy atmosphere to depict life in the dying regime.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 14, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

It's an astonishing piece, and Cristian Mungiu establishes himself as a world-class director.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2008
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Un drama austero, que puede resultar en una experiencia tensa, agobiante y hasta repulsiva, acerca de un tema polémico sobre el cual la película evita tomar partido.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The minimalist realism is a drawback as well as an asset.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 13, 2008
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly

The riveting second half rewards your patience and tolerance for emotional pain.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There's no obvious 'style' in 4 Months, unless you count utterly natural acting, brutal but compassionate storytelling and disciplined camera work as a style.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 29, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Anamaria Marinca's] convincing performance as the clearly conflicted Otilia holds our interest throughout the film.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

February 29, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Cristian Mungiu's masterful chronicle is impressive above all for the way it respects the audience, expecting them to follow the implications of its multifaceted tale without always spelling them out.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 29, 2008
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Just as Romanians got used to eating bones with little meat on them, they must also have gotten used to movies with very little dramatic meat.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

It's a testament to the brilliance of Mungiu's writing and the actors' performances that the conversations feel more natural than anything captured on a reality show.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

February 28, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A brilliant and discomfiting film.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

The mesmerizing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days represents another outstanding offering from Romania, a country in the throes of a cinematic renaissance.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 8/10

February 28, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

His film unfolds with a graceful realism, as if he just happened to catch life unfolding for these two desperate women. His film never hits a false note...

February 23, 2008
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune

A film of brutal, breathtaking intelligence, a work of pellucid, shimmering art without a scintilla of compromise, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is surely one of the very best films of the year. And you can pick the year.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

February 22, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a feminist film of the toughest and most rewarding kind. Without flinching, it looks at the limits of female friendship and college romance; it depicts the horrors of illegal abortion from every angle.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: A

February 22, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Virtuosic, assured, and possessed of undeniable aesthetic force, it's also hard not to turn away from.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 22, 2008
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Proceeding with a blunt and sometimes brutal relentlessness, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days impresses and engrosses as a work of stark, spare naturalism.

Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

February 15, 2008
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