Aurora Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
January 22, 2013
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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AV Club
February 23, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2011
It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 5, 2011
While Aurora is a formal triumph, it's less resonant than either 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 29, 2011
Aurora fully explores the time before and after a killer strikes, and it has the cumulative effect of making what passes for a "motive" seem absurdly simplistic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 29, 2011
Define the movies however you want -- escapist bits of fun, illuminations of the human condition, comforts or challenges -- and Aurora would still fail miserably.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 29, 2011
"Aurora" proves that Puiu is no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 28, 2011
A quiet, steady burn filled with stretches of unsettlingly reverberant silence cleaved in half by a midpoint eruption of violence. Here there is before, and then there is after.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 28, 2011
Aurora is not a movie to make you glad that you exist; it's a movie that makes you aware that you do.