• Studio: Tartan
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2006
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31

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  1. Jul 9, 2012
    2
    Watched this scrunched up at the back on a cinema during a film festival. I have never wished anyone in the world dead until half way through this movie. Two and a half hours - were all the Romanian editors on strike? Yes I know life is bleak and death is lonely and futile, but a little part of me did not have to die in the cinema for me to know that.
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
  2. Both sad and darkly funny, the film is so sharply conceived and richly populated that it often registers like a Frederick Wiseman documentary, even though everything is scripted and every part played by a professional... This is only the second feature of Cristi Puiu, who claims to have been inspired by his own hypochondria, but he's already clearly a master.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    70
    Do not, under any circumstance, approach this film lightly. Prepare to be depressed, agitated and shocked. And prepare to see a brilliant work of cinematic art.