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Aurora Reviews

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June 17, 2013
Everything that takes place feels so deliberately orchestrated that the seeming meaninglessness of certain actions become charged with, er, "meaning."
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
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
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
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February 23, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 31, 2011
It's not the most cheerful film, but it's not a dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 16, 2011
It's a fascinating, mesmerizing commentary on our thirst for the sensational...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 24, 2011
Though it doesn't disclose its secrets easily, Aurora rewards patience with revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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.
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+
June 29, 2011
"Aurora" proves that Puiu is no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2011
A quiet, steady burn filled with stretches of unsettlingly reverberant silence cleaved in half by a midpoint eruption of violence. Here there is before, and then there is after.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 28, 2011
Aurora is not a movie to make you glad that you exist; it's a movie that makes you aware that you do.
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