The Whistlers

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The Whistlers finds writer-director Corneliu Porumboiu working in a more crowd-pleasing vein than previous efforts, with thoroughly entertaining results.

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In THE WHISTLERS, not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret whistling language might just be what they need to pull it off.

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  • As deep as a puddle, but great fun in the moment.

    May 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Porumboiu's goal is more obvious - having fun, with a candy-brightness that fans of his low-key oeuvre may take a moment to adjust to.

    May 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The effort's worth it, if only for the pleasure of seeing one of the world's finest filmmakers let his hair down and play his justified paranoia for genre thrills.

    April 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • "The Whistlers" has more than enough sex and violence to satisfy the average action movie fan. But dig a bit deeper, and you'll find a mother lode of meaning just below the surface.

    March 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • What it lacks in terms of the rigor associated with Porumboiu's back catalog, it makes up for as a deadpan genre piece with a sly jab. It's a serious work of pulp friction.

    March 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There was a surplus of plot twists, double crosses... It left me cold.

    February 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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