4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile 2007

Critics score:
95 / 100

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Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: This is a beautiful film about ugly circumstances, set in 1987 near the end of the Ceausescu era in communist Romania. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Cristian Mungiu's elegantly crafted, brilliantly acted film, set in Bucharest in the late 1980s, near the end of the vile Ceausescu regime, needs special help in finding the audience it deserves. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: The film emerges as a devastating personal drama, a suspenseful horror story and a powerful statement about life under a repressive regime. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Captures the tenor of a particular era with uncanny force. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Writer-director Cristian Mungiu confirms the Romanian cinema renaissance while creating a paradoxical marvel: a bleak tale of illegal abortion that powerfully affirms one's faith in people. Read more

Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times: Never surrendering its grip on the viewer, 4 Months is the rare film with gravity and speed -- a moral tale in the form of a suspense thriller. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: It conveys unblinking and despairing emotional truth with enough intensity to leave you gasping for air. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Cristian Mungiu's masterful chronicle is impressive above all for the way it respects the audience, expecting them to follow the implications of its multifaceted tale without always spelling them out. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: It may seem perverse to contend that a movie with such a harrowing subject is nevertheless revivifying. But the New Wave of Romanian cinema is the most exciting in the world right now. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days is its latest masterpiece. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Observes with ruthless, artful precision. While plunging a knife through your soul. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Nothing good happens in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and yet no lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away from one of the very best movies of 2007. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: There's fascination in these still little dramas that feel more like voyeurism than cinema. Read more

Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly: A high-end realist drama quickening skillfully into a thriller. Read more

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 days feels like a kind of appendix -- and a bursting one at that -- to Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Harrowing and heart-stopping. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: 4 Months sounds more or less unwatchable. [Director] Mungiu's pacing is so sure, however, in its switching from loose to taut, and the concentration of his leading lady so unwavering, that the movie feels more like a thriller than a moody wallow. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The frigid stoicism of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days barely contains the filmmaker's fury. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR.org: Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: ...a true horror story. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: 4 Months rings true, one reason being that the story was inspired by real-life events. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: There is no escape from desperation in this not-so-long-ago Romania, but 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is striking, original and memorable. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The absolute clarity of the storytelling, the aching authenticity of the performances make for a film that will stay with you for at least as long as the period alluded to in its title. It might stay with you forever. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: This is the first memorable movie of 2008. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: Oleg Mutu's deft handheld camerawork and Mungiu's meticulous reconstruction of Ceausescu-era Romania, in all its corruption, hypocrisy and drab cleanliness, create an overweening atmosphere of dread. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: First, this movie should be enjoyed. Later, marveled at. And then, once the excitement has faded, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days really should be studied, because director Cristian Mungiu creates scenes unlike any ever filmed. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: A beautiful and formally compelling work of art. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: A brilliant and discomfiting film. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Globe and Mail: Spare drama. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days unspools as dispassionately as a security camera video. There are no judgments rendered here, only truths that arise from harrowing insights. Read more

Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine: Suffice to say that what's done with plot elements is as surprising as the rest of this gripping, satisfying film. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: Themes of altruism and selfishness colour the harrowing realism; the camerawork is skilful, with many scenes unfolding in one, locked frame; and the performances are superb. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: Features impressive performances by the three main characters and powerful naturalistic cinematography. Read more

Jay Weissberg, Variety: Pitch perfect and brilliantly acted, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is a stunning achievement. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days is a movie one watches in a state of mounting dread. Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's brilliantly discomfiting second feature is one long premonition of disaster. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: For film connoisseurs who are interested in how far the medium can go in depicting human stories with realism at its most confrontational and even discomfiting, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days will provide a bracing breath of fresh cinematic air. Read more