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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 11, 2010
No one in Bucharest gives a damn about anything. And he takes 113 long, drawn-out minutes to send this bit of news.
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Unrelieved gloom
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
October 17, 2007
Strange to long for the humorous undercurrents of the no less despondent Lazarescu and Bucharest, but perhaps making sense of the red specter requires just such a penetrating mix of solemnity and absurdity.
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
December 19, 2007
This Romanian drama suffers from a flaw common to many European films: too much intellect, not enough heart.
Armond White
New York Press
January 23, 2008
When a Romanian film is as obtuse as 4,3,2, it feels like a countdown to cinema's termination.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
April 3, 2008
This is a low, slow whistle film. Just wow. Gripping. Emotionally honest. Frustrating, too. Sad. Not one many pro-lifers would enjoy although the message coming at me loud and clear was 'nothing is worth going through that!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 28, 2008
...a stark bleak testimony to friendship and the indomitability of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 91/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 8, 2008
A powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 24, 2008
This is the first memorable movie of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 20, 2007
A high-end realist drama quickening skillfully into a thriller.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2008
This is a beautiful film about ugly circumstances, set in 1987 near the end of the Ceausescu era in communist Romania.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 25, 2008
Cristian Mungiu's elegantly crafted, brilliantly acted film, set in Bucharest in the late 1980s, near the end of the vile Ceausescu regime, needs special help in finding the audience it deserves.
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
Marlow Stern
Manhattan Movie Magazine
January 16, 2008
This is cinematic naturalism at its finest.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
October 30, 2007
Mungiu's fascination with modes (and codes) of behavior gives his period piece a resonant universality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Betsy Bozdech
January 25, 2008
Starkly, brutally honest, Cristian Mungiu's well-acted abortion drama paints a bleak picture of Romanian life in the late '80s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
January 21, 2008
The Un-Juno.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
A stark, thought-provoking and disturbing insight into the harsh reality of life under the Ceausescu regime.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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