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  • Summary: In the days leading up to Christmas, a married man forces himself to choose between his wife and his mistress. A sharply observed, deeply felt drama from director Radu Muntean, showcasing the strengths of current Romanian cinema in its beautifully calibrated performances, expert craftsmanship, and dazzling technical mastery.(Lorber Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    May 27, 2011
    100
    More broadly this is a resonant, vivid and finally heartbreaking tale about the universal difficulty of marriage and the endless self-delusion of the human condition, driven by a trio of amazing dramatic performances.
  2. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 25, 2011
    100
    The strength of Tuesday, After Christmas, Mr. Muntean's fourth feature, lies in its rigorous, artful and humane fidelity to quotidian circumstance.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 26, 2011
    91
    More about well-observed moments of everyday life than it is about heightened melodrama.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 23, 2011
    80
    Again, Muntean and his script collaborators offer exceptionally naturalistic dialogue.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 24, 2011
    80
    Director Radu Muntean has pulled off the near-impossible, turning each scene (captured in capacious long takes) into arias of generosity for his actors.
  6. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 25, 2011
    75
    They breathe originality into an oft-told story.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    May 23, 2011
    40
    Rather than take a broad-brush approach director Muntean boggs us down in the detail of an adulterous affair. There are some similarities with his previous outing "Boogie" in that the main character is a man having a premature mid-life crisis.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    10
    This is one of the best, if not the best movie I've seen about a triangle. The movie is part of the "new wave" of critically acclaimed Romanian movies. Unlike most of the other award winning Romanian movies, in this one nobody is poor or politically persecuted. It is about people like you and me and nobody is the obvious good or bad person. Expand
  2. May 29, 2011
    3
    If a movie has a beginning, a middle and an end, then certainly the start of this movie is good. Well told, good character buildup. But the movie is missing a middle and end. If this was the first part of a trilogy then i would give it great marks. But its missing two thirds. I did enjoy it but the "ending" , in that , it has none, left a bitter taste and hence the score. Expand
  3. Mar 17, 2012
    0
    I love to watch movies. When a new film arrives and I queue it up and settle in, I get excited. I choose movies by the color code on Metacritic and then reading the description. I donâ Expand