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4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2008
[A] brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
February 28, 2008
A brilliant and discomfiting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 15, 2008
Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 8, 2008
A powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
February 3, 2008
There's fascination in these still little dramas that feel more like voyeurism than cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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
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
February 1, 2008
Features impressive performances by the three main characters and powerful naturalistic cinematography.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
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.
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.
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
January 25, 2008
...a true horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
January 24, 2008
Captures the tenor of a particular era with uncanny force.
Read More | Original Score: A
January 24, 2008
Harrowing and heart-stopping.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 24, 2008
This is the first memorable movie of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 23, 2008
What you see will floor you.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
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.
January 14, 2008
The frigid stoicism of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days barely contains the filmmaker's fury.
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
December 20, 2007
A high-end realist drama quickening skillfully into a thriller.
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
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
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
October 5, 2007
A beautiful and formally compelling work of art.
September 18, 2007
...a sharp political commentary about free-market forces in a socialist bureaucracy where nearly everything is regulated by the government.
Top Critic
September 6, 2007
Spare drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 24, 2007
Suffice to say that what's done with plot elements is as surprising as the rest of this gripping, satisfying film.
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.
May 17, 2007
Pitch perfect and brilliantly acted, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is a stunning achievement.