• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Jun 6, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Dec 3, 2013
    Filled with imagery both moving and mordant... 12:08 East Of Bucharest doesn't pretend to have a position on the fallout of the Romanian Revolution. Instead it contends that different questions need to be asked and considered about post-Communist life, about the blame about the current state of the country, and where the future lies for Romania's youth.
  2. 100
    Porumboiu, who also produced and wrote, elicits remarkably deadpan performances from Teo Corban (as the show's host), Ion Sapdaru (the professor) and - especially - Mircea Andreescu, as the old man. Even the subtitles cracked me up.
  3. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    It's a movie that seems simple, yet its subtle and brilliant complexity is not to be denied.
  4. 91
    Porumboiu starts off making a mordant slice of life, but he gradually entwines the personal and the historical, then ends on a poignant note. The story and situation are slight, but in the best possible way.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Wonderfully droll, Cannes Camera d'Or winner.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    For all its pessimism, the movie prompts a viewer to search his or her own memories for actions rather than reactions, and to mull over the differences between the two. It's a dark little ride, but at the end the lights hesitantly flicker back on.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. GrigO
    Jul 5, 2007
    Great movie! u should learn romanian to understand all the hidden humours :D we have a word for the show's host's attitude: sictir :)