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  • Summary: During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign of in power: 1965-1989. It is an historical tableau that in its scope resembles American film frescos such as those dedicated to the Vietnam War. (The Film Desk)
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  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 6, 2011
    100
    An epic indictment of media manipulation, this avant-doc delivers its coup de grĂ¢ce once the camera finally demands accountability - leaving the disgraced despot staring into the lens, and the abyss of history staring back into him.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 8, 2011
    90
    In many respects Ceausescu turns out to be as much the author of this brilliant documentary as the director, Andrei Ujica, who waded through more than 1,000 hours of filmed state propaganda, official news reports and home movies to create a cinematic tour de force that tracks the rise, reign and grim fall of its subject.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 13, 2011
    88
    A must-see for any student of history, political rhetoric and film poetics at their most vagrant and revelatory.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 7, 2011
    83
    Most likely, The Autobiography Of Nicolae Ceausescu will mean the most to actual Romanians, who will recognize the locations and fashions, and may even know what the government's documentarians left out of the picture. But the movie offers plenty to captivate even outsiders.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Oct 9, 2011
    80
    With its hefty running time, the film builds an unexpected emotional resonance, though never exactly sympathy, as over the years Ceausescu seems to drift further and further into his fantasy vision of himself, making the film like a loop that repeats endlessly in his head.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Sep 6, 2011
    80
    Informative and, especially in its last hour, surprisingly dramatic.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Sep 6, 2011
    70
    The title's no joke: the film presents Ceausescu as he presented himself to the world and wanted to be remembered.

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