• Aurora
    2 minutes 6 seconds
    Added: Jun 9, 2011


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Aurora Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning."

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's a masterly film that draws us into a world controlled by unseen forces, but it concludes, intentionally, by compelling (not inviting) us to explain why Viorel acts this way.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 18, 2012
Hannah McGill
The List

It does reward close attention - and its final act comes very close to being worth one of cinema's more epic waits.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

November 13, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

This does not have the humanity and accessibility of The Death of Mr Lazarescu, but it certainly has a dark, lowering presence on the screen.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2012
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

A murder movie languishing in a suicidal stupor. Save some strength to crawl out of the cinema.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 8, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

It's an intellectual wheeze, but too chilly to connect.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2012
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2012
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

November 4, 2012
Philip Kemp
Total Film

Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

October 30, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's not the most cheerful film, but it's not a dirge.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

December 31, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a fascinating, mesmerizing commentary on our thirst for the sensational...

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 16, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Though it doesn't disclose its secrets easily, Aurora rewards patience with revelation.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Cristi Puiu's Viorel is about as ambiguous a character as I have ever seen. He does not evoke sympathy since he is a blank, unreadable cipher, but one that fascinates because he is so inscrutable.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

August 15, 2011
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...if Mr. Lazarescu was swallowed up by bureaucracy on his final journey, "Aurora's" protagonist wades through it on his way to deliver death.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A

August 14, 2011
Mark Jenkins
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While Aurora is a formal triumph, it's less resonant than either 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days or The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 5, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Puiu, who also directed, goes too far in making the movie's violent undertone feel like just one more bit of modern malaise.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

July 1, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Aurora fully explores the time before and after a killer strikes, and it has the cumulative effect of making what passes for a "motive" seem absurdly simplistic.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 29, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Define the movies however you want -- escapist bits of fun, illuminations of the human condition, comforts or challenges -- and Aurora would still fail miserably.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

June 29, 2011
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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"Aurora" proves that Puiu is no one-hit wonder.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2011
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