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A fost sau n-a fost?, (12:08 East of Bucharest) Reviews

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
September 27, 2007
The self-indulgent 12:08 East of Bucharest certainly takes its time getting to the point. In fact, the first third of this film could have been trimmed without much damage. And this Romanian comedy-drama is only an hour and a half in length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 30, 2007
12:08 East of Bucharest is easier to admire than enjoy, funnier to describe than actually watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 9, 2007
First-time director Corneliu Porumboiu's political satire is uproariously funny and bitingly critical of social hypocrisy before and after Ceausescu, and of the new forms of mythmaking and corruption that have replaced Soviet-style autocracy.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 16, 2007
Live television going down in flames is always good for a laugh.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
August 16, 2007
Small-town values are rocked by the tide of history in Porumboiu's grimly funny and determinedly slight retrospective on the 1989 Romanian revolution.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 1, 2007
A deadpan comedy that evolves into a wry, politicized examination of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
Dry comedies from eastern Europe tend to cast a skeptical eye on anything and everything, which is certainly the case with Corneliu Porumboiu's debut feature.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 13, 2007
The film leaves off on a perfect note of hopeful melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 17, 2007
A terrifically droll and slyly incisive comedy.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 17, 2007
A melancholy rumination on the failed hopes of Eastern Europe after the Cold War, infused with a sense of farce and the irrecoverable nature of the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
August 17, 2007
The central European tradition of failed aspirations, lost ideals and forlorn eccentrics goes back to early Forman, or indeed Chekhov, but the Latin Romanians bring their own awareness of the distant big city alternately beckoning and frightening.
David Jenkins
Total Film
August 17, 2007
A deadpan delight that offers further proof of Romania's cinematic ascendance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 17, 2007
Black comedy with a subtle political edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Kent Turner
June 5, 2007
Filmed in real time, the unraveling call-in program is a comedy of embarrassment (The Office, without the asides to the camera, but just as dry).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 22, 2007
...this delightfully deadpan look at the need to believe in our own heroic tendencies is part gentle slapstick, part social satire and wholly humane.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 28, 2007
...intelligent, funny and has a palpable joie de vie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 17, 2007
Extremely clever filmmaking--sharp and very funny, but also challenging and packed with relevance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 6, 2007
A casually bleak and neatly structured ensemble comedy -- at once deadpan and bemused.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 6, 2007
Though it is modest, almost anecdotal, in scale, 12:08 East of Bucharest is also characterized by a precise and sneaky formal wit.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
June 7, 2007
A bleakly hilarious movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 6, 2007
Porumboiu starts off making a mordant slice of life, but he gradually entwines the personal and the historical, then ends on a poignant note. The story and situation are slight, but in the best possible way.
| Original Score: A-
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