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Aurora Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
It seems that without the sociopolitical baggage, the Romanian new wave can be vacuous and vapid indeed.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning."
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 18, 2012
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.
Hannah McGill
The List
November 13, 2012
It does reward close attention - and its final act comes very close to being worth one of cinema's more epic waits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 8, 2012
A murder movie languishing in a suicidal stupor. Save some strength to crawl out of the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 8, 2012
It's an intellectual wheeze, but too chilly to connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
November 6, 2012
Puiu's special approach to the realist aesthetic ensures that 'Aurora' rings unusually true. Superb stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 4, 2012
At three hours long and deliberately paced throughout, this edgy drama return by Cristi Puiu demands patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
October 30, 2012
Another hefty slice of eastern european life - even longer, even slower and even glummer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 31, 2011
It's not the most cheerful film, but it's not a dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2011
It's a fascinating, mesmerizing commentary on our thirst for the sensational...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 15, 2011
It's Puiu's talent to transform it all into a highly disturbing portrait - both of an individual and a society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2011
Though it doesn't disclose its secrets easily, Aurora rewards patience with revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 15, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 14, 2011
...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 | Original Score: A
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July 5, 2011
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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