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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
March 20, 2008
It's a hard film to watch, especially if you know where it goes--I had to brace myself to see it a second time. But it's an important film, one of great feeling. It even works as a thriller.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
March 18, 2008
(Cristian) Mungiu creates great screen tension when he introduces the black-market abortionist.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
March 18, 2008
It may not have been remembered at Oscar time but it's cinema you won't soon forget.
| Original Score: 4/5
Barry Johnson
March 14, 2008
Writer-director Cristian Mungiu uses long, naturalistic shots and creates a credibly grimy atmosphere to depict life in the dying regime.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 14, 2008
It's an astonishing piece, and Cristian Mungiu establishes himself as a world-class director.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2008
The minimalist realism is a drawback as well as an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
March 2, 2008
The riveting second half rewards your patience and tolerance for emotional pain.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 29, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 29, 2008
[Anamaria Marinca's] convincing performance as the clearly conflicted Otilia holds our interest throughout the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 29, 2008
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.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 29, 2008
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
February 28, 2008
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2008
A brilliant and discomfiting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Beth Accomando
February 23, 2008
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...
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
February 22, 2008
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.
| Original Score: A
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
February 22, 2008
Virtuosic, assured, and possessed of undeniable aesthetic force, it's also hard not to turn away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
February 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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