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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    You just don't expect Hollywood to produce a masterwork so early in the new year. And it hasn't. This slice of celluloid dynamite comes from Romania, and what you see will floor you. show more

  • 100
    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. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Depressing and gut-wrenching, but always powerful and gripping. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Elegantly crafted, brilliantly acted film. show more

  • 100
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    This year’s foreign language Oscar scandal – there is always at least one – is the snub of director Cristian Mungiu’s disturbing, masterful realist drama following two college roommates as they carry out plans for one’s black market abortion in Communist Romania. show more

  • 80
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The film is dark, gloomy and without music, but it is also observant and highly suspenseful, with Mungiu using his often static camera to balance banal cruelty with simple generosity. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a powerful film and a stark visual accomplishment, but no thanks to Gabita (Laura Vasiliu). The driving character is her roommate Otilia (Anamaria Marinca), who does all the heavy lifting. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The result is a mixture of unified atmosphere and lived-in character study, and while Vasiliu’s role is not as indelible as that of her co-stars, Marinca’s Otilia and Ivanov’s steely abortionist are just about perfect. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Brilliant, suspenseful, absolutely riveting film. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The film is bold stroke that hopes to push Romanian society forward by staring into the dismal failures of its recent past. show more

  • May 22, 2008 lynne
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    A tale of 2 friends, and what one's commitment is to the other, at the cost of her own self. SLow in development, suspenseful, but lacking something at the end, when it comes to an abrupt halt.At my viewing, the theatre had 28 people. By the time it ended, there were less than 12. The message evaded much of the audience, and yet critics have acclaimed it widely.

  • May 22, 2008 divadrummer
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    I can see why 4 Months is so widely acclaimed. It's an emotionally charged powder-keg that deserves a permanent spot on your list of heavy-hitters. It's unique in its attempt to remain neutral on the social issues. It's realistic without falling into any of the trappings of melodramas posing as realism. It's engaging, but probably not destined to be anyone's favorite movie. Is there such a thing as too real?

  • May 22, 2008 Michael Sweig
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    A great film. Too bad Hollyeood cannot make this type of quality production. But will it make money? That is all Hollywood cares about.Michael Sweig

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