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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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 26, 2011
Cristi Puiu deliberately courts a frustrating obscurantism that at times plays like an intriguing mystery and other times just baffles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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
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
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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
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
Luke Mullen
Film School Rejects
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 13, 2011
An endurance test that nevertheless invites fascinating contemplation for its darkly comic view of crime (and cinema) as manual labor.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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
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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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 22, 2013
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
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
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-
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-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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.
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 29, 2011
"Aurora" proves that Puiu is no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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