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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Will undoubtedly mean a great deal to Romanians who struggled during this dark period, but not much to anyone else. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Though the threat of exposure and incarceration lurk behind every story, the characters' ingenuity and humour serve as impudent alternatives to authoritarian stupidity and brutality. show more

  • 63
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    The collection is a mixed bag, although there are no clunkers. show more

  • 50
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    The first four of the film's 1980s-set episodes are shorter in length and more anecdotal in nature than the last two and deal primarily with the pageantry and inflexible customs behind the regime with a perspective at once amused and bemused. show more

  • 80
    Helen O'Hara Empire

    Flashes of bleak humour makes this wry portrait a compelling experience. show more

  • 80
    Time Out New York

    Although several sections deal with the Ceausescu-era party apparatus, Mungiu's interest lies more in how the nation's political confusion affected the general populace. It's history told from the bottom, where what everyone thinks happened matters as much as what actually did. show more

  • 70
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    Sardonic as it may be, Tales From the Golden Age is basically affirmative - its true subject is resilience. Romania suffered under a regime of dangerous stupidity. Drawing on popular memory, Mungiu has orchestrated a contribution to local folklore, a suite of stories in which those rendered witless by oppression were compelled by circumstance to live off their wits. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The strongest tales embrace a strain of barnyard humor that is matched by the robust performances of actors who convey an earthy jocularity. The movie doesn't shy away from comparing these hardy, weather-beaten rustics to their livestock. show more

  • 70

    Though Mungiu's presumed two shorts have the most individual feel, the other helmers -- Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hoefer, Razvan Marculescu and Constantin Popescu, all feature novices -- show a plethora of styles within the so-called "Romanian New Wave." show more

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