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May 19, 2014
Despite these effective touches, the film eventually becomes a bit monotonous: it's clear from very early on that Cornelia is a terrible person, but this doesn't stop Netzer from hammering home the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2014
A dark piece of neorealism - and a searing indictment of Eastern Europe's newly moneyed classes ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2014
A Romanian political allegory - in Romanian - might sound like tough sledding, but thanks to a searing performance by Luminita Gheorghiu, "Child's Pose" is anything but.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2014
Perversely engrossing thanks to Gheorghiu's performance as the queen of denial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 20, 2014
Netzer crafts not only a chilling story of family dysfunction, but also an illuminating look into the corruption and decay of the Romanian bourgeoisie - without ever overplaying his hand. It all appears so effortless, when in fact it's so skillful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 13, 2014
A fascinating, troubling and finally controversial portrait of maternal anxiety at its most smotheringly neurotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2014
A tour-de-force performance from Gheorghiu carries this 2013 drama along, but Radulescu provides the fine edge, noting how this lioness cloaks her selfish crusade in a plea for humanity.
March 6, 2014
It's a chilly story, shot with claustrophobic, close-in cameras, right up to its abrupt ending - in which a mother learns, to her horror, something about the kind of pain that isn't easily swept away.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2014
Of all the great monster mothers in cinema history, Cornelia Keneres (Luminita Gheorghiu, who sets the standard that other performances should be judged by this year) ranks high on the list.
February 23, 2014
It's well worth seeing, both for its merciless anatomization of the country's post-Ceausescu social order and for Gheorghiu's stupendous central performance as a mother so monstrous she makes Medea look like a pushover.
Top Critic
February 21, 2014
If Child's Pose fails to live up to its indie-intellectual veneer, it earns its keep through Gheorgiu, whose Cornelia is a triumph of subtle performance over crude conception.
February 21, 2014
In the movie world, most national new waves don't last long. An exception is the Romanian renaissance, which has featured first-class movies now for more than a decade.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 20, 2014
"Child's Pose" sounds like something simple and easy, but don't be fooled.
February 20, 2014
Writer-director Calin Peter Netzer's thin yet compelling movie is a family drama with elements of political theater and film noir.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 20, 2014
When the stars are aligned-the writing and direction along with the stars in front of the camera-a movie can put the most appalling characters on display and still make them engrossing.
February 20, 2014
The movie creates its own tightening vice grip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 19, 2014
The drained, exhausted, stifling mood is a frequently punitive experience for the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 19, 2014
Sporting a blonde dye job and a haughty, impervious manner, Gheorghiu makes Cornelia a consistently compelling figure, at once monstrous and pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 19, 2014
A drama with a story as cold, merciless and inevitable as a tomb ...
February 19, 2014
The hand-held cinematography, gritty and raw, gives the film an immediate and urgent documentary feel, and each moment has a great sense of both the absurd and the poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 18, 2014
Netzer keeps faith with his countrymen's gritty aesthetic, which remains pure in the spirit of New Wave neo-realism; somehow, international success has not made the Romanians crave CGI or encouraged them to pander to hipness.
February 18, 2014
It's wonderful to see [Gheorghiu] in a leading role, especially one as meaty as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 10, 2014
Netzer offers a bland simulacrum of documentary reality that lines up precisely with his clichéd prejudices. But in the few moments when spontaneous emotion takes over, surprising moments of grace arise.
December 12, 2013
Sure-footed scripting and a stand-out performance by Luminita Gheorghiu freshen a potentially pat subject.
December 12, 2013
A razor-sharp jibe at Romania's nouveau riche (the type is hardly confined to one country), a class adept at massaging truths and ensuring that the world steps aside when conflict arises.
October 31, 2013
Challenging, intelligent work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2013
Plays its thematic cards far too early, but it's sustained by Gheorghiu's compelling central turn as the endlessly self-deluding grande dame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5