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

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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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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David Fear
Time Out
October 6, 2007
Porumboiu's satire about history and short memories is a modest, deadpan masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 5/6
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
September 14, 2007
12:08 East of Bucharest cleverly takes on the aftermath of the December 1989 revolution in Romania that resulted in the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaucescu. It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 17, 2007
Black comedy with a subtle political edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 16, 2007
Live television going down in flames is always good for a laugh.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2007
[It] builds a sly and unexpected human comedy out of a dispute over whether a revolution would still be a revolution if nobody showed up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 27, 2007
It's a dark little ride, but at the end the lights hesitantly flicker back on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
July 19, 2007
It's easy to end a film with the idea that life goes on. It's extremely difficult to make the cliche the only possible, necessary and satisfying ending. Porumboiu's film does that.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 14, 2007
Corneliu Porumboiu's picture would submerge you in alcoholic despair if it weren't so damn funny. (That seems to be the Romanian mode of expression.)
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2007
12:08 East of Bucharest is a shrewdly built comedy, but the characters are broad-verging-on-cheap unholy hick fools.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 7, 2007
A bleakly hilarious movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 6, 2007
The most hilarious movie I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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Deborah Young
Variety
May 25, 2006
The buoyant little comedy 12:08 East of Bucharest puts its finger on the problem in the best tradition of East European humor, savvy but concrete, gentle but sharp as a knife.