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The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 17, 2013
...an odd and absorbing film that comes perilously close to fulfilling the promise of its cheeky title (
| Original Score: 87/100
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 20, 2011
A staggering, monumental, meticulous achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 10, 2011
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu is all about created perception, and Ujică brilliantly manages to craft a film that is not just about a real character, but a formal reflection of its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 7, 2011
Uses Soviet-era lies to uncover buried truths about its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2011
With its hefty running time, the film builds an unexpected emotional resonance, though never exactly sympathy...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
September 10, 2011
As Ujica digs deeper, he enacts a petard-hoisting watchfulness.
Matt Singer
IFC.com
September 9, 2011
A powerful indictment of politically manipulated media.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 8, 2011
A cinematic tour de force that tracks the rise, reign and grim fall of its subject.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 8, 2011
The impression Autobiography gives is of the banality of malice, buried within staged celebrations and dry bureaucratic business.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
September 7, 2011
An epic indictment of media manipulation, this avant-doc delivers its coup de grāce once the camera finally demands accountability...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Nordine
Slant Magazine
September 5, 2011
The conviction that this is a documentary that needed to be made and presented just so is ultimately quite persuasive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2011
It's an immersive, deliberately myopic portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
It leaves us almost gasping with its impudence.
David Noh
Film Journal International
September 8, 2011
This depiction of a dictator's life is one very long, intermittently rewarding haul.
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