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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 18, 2008
[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
| Original Score: 4/4
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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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 28, 2008
A brilliant and discomfiting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 15, 2008
Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 8, 2008
The film emerges as a devastating personal drama, a suspenseful horror story and a powerful statement about life under a repressive regime.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 7, 2008
The absolute clarity of the storytelling, the aching authenticity of the performances make for a film that will stay with you for at least as long as the period alluded to in its title. It might stay with you forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 3, 2008
There's fascination in these still little dramas that feel more like voyeurism than cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 1, 2008
It may seem perverse to contend that a movie with such a harrowing subject is nevertheless revivifying. But the New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 1, 2008
Writer-director Cristian Mungiu confirms the Romanian cinema renaissance while creating a paradoxical marvel: a bleak tale of illegal abortion that powerfully affirms one's faith in people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 1, 2008
First, this movie should be enjoyed. Later, marveled at. And then, once the excitement has faded, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days really should be studied, because director Cristian Mungiu creates scenes unlike any ever filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 1, 2008
Features impressive performances by the three main characters and powerful naturalistic cinematography.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 31, 2008
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days feels like a kind of appendix -- and a bursting one at that -- to Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 31, 2008
For film connoisseurs who are interested in how far the medium can go in depicting human stories with realism at its most confrontational and even discomfiting, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days will provide a bracing breath of fresh cinematic air.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 29, 2008
Oleg Mutu's deft handheld camerawork and Mungiu's meticulous reconstruction of Ceausescu-era Romania, in all its corruption, hypocrisy and drab cleanliness, create an overweening atmosphere of dread.
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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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 25, 2008
4 Months rings true, one reason being that the story was inspired by real-life events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 25, 2008
...a true horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 24, 2008
In 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a ferocious, unsentimental, often brilliantly directed film, the camera doesn't follow the action, it expresses consciousness itself.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 24, 2008
Nothing good happens in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and yet no lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away from one of the very best movies of 2007.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
January 24, 2008
Captures the tenor of a particular era with uncanny force.
| Original Score: A
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 24, 2008
Harrowing and heart-stopping.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 24, 2008
This is the first memorable movie of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 23, 2008
What you see will floor you.
| Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 22, 2008
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a movie one watches in a state of mounting dread. Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's brilliantly discomfiting second feature is one long premonition of disaster.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
January 22, 2008
4 Months sounds more or less unwatchable. [Director] Mungiu's pacing is so sure, however, in its switching from loose to taut, and the concentration of his leading lady so unwavering, that the movie feels more like a thriller than a moody wallow.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 16, 2008
There is no escape from desperation in this not-so-long-ago Romania, but 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is striking, original and memorable.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 14, 2008
The frigid stoicism of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days barely contains the filmmaker's fury.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2007
It conveys unblinking and despairing emotional truth with enough intensity to leave you gasping for air.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 2, 2007
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days unspools as dispassionately as a security camera video. There are no judgments rendered here, only truths that arise from harrowing insights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2007
Never surrendering its grip on the viewer, 4 Months is the rare film with gravity and speed -- a moral tale in the form of a suspense thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 13, 2007
Themes of altruism and selfishness colour the harrowing realism; the camerawork is skilful, with many scenes unfolding in one, locked frame; and the performances are superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 5, 2007
A beautiful and formally compelling work of art.
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Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
September 18, 2007
...a sharp political commentary about free-market forces in a socialist bureaucracy where nearly everything is regulated by the government.
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Globe and Mail
September 6, 2007
Spare drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 24, 2007
Suffice to say that what's done with plot elements is as surprising as the rest of this gripping, satisfying film.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
May 17, 2007
A harrowing tale of the grim lengths to which two young women will go to end an unwelcome pregnancy in a totalitarian society that is indifferent to their fate unless it involves punishing them.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 17, 2007
Pitch perfect and brilliantly acted, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is a stunning achievement.