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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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"After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis XVI or Nicolae Ceausescu." Andrei Ujica During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. It is an historical tableau that in its scope resembles American film frescos such as those dedicated to the Vietnam War. -- (C)

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It leaves us almost gasping with its impudence.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Uses Soviet-era lies to uncover buried truths about its subject.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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With its hefty running time, the film builds an unexpected emotional resonance, though never exactly sympathy...

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As Ujica digs deeper, he enacts a petard-hoisting watchfulness.

September 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A cinematic tour de force that tracks the rise, reign and grim fall of its subject.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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An epic indictment of media manipulation, this avant-doc delivers its coup de grāce once the camera finally demands accountability...

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Top Critic IconTop Critic odd and absorbing film that comes perilously close to fulfilling the promise of its cheeky title (

August 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A staggering, monumental, meticulous achievement.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu is all about created perception, and Ujică brilliantly manages to craft a film that is not just about a real character, but a formal reflection of its subject.

October 10, 2011 Full Review Source: DCist

A powerful indictment of politically manipulated media.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

This depiction of a dictator's life is one very long, intermittently rewarding haul.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The impression Autobiography gives is of the banality of malice, buried within staged celebrations and dry bureaucratic business.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The conviction that this is a documentary that needed to be made and presented just so is ultimately quite persuasive.

September 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's an immersive, deliberately myopic portrait.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Foreign Titles

  • Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu (DE)
  • Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu) (UK)
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