80

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Offers an introduction to the lean-and-mean, social-realist Romanian storytelling style that's built around a charismatic young actor and a familiar genre.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Whistle is the feature debut of director-writer Florin Serban, who studied at Columbia University and lists among his influences Robert Bresson, Pedro Almodovar, Bruno Dumont and Ken Loach.
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Set in a barren juvenile detention center, the movie works as a grueling coming-of-age story, linking it to the likes of "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," even if it lacks the same lasting appeal.
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70

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
It's a measure of the movie's success that one oscillates between two despairs-noting the abject failure of the system and the utter futility of revolt.
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60

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ed Schied
The accessible story and fast-paced action scenes could draw a good arthouse audience, more than usual for a Romanian film.
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Despite the faux-realist aesthetic (gritty handheld camerawork; all-natural sound), we never feel like much is at stake, though Pistereanu and Condeescu have an easygoing rapport that makes the quieter moments between them affecting.
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60

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
As the movie becomes more explosive - and more demanding of its cast - it loses some of the quiet, careful intensity that made Silviu's situation worth attending to in the first place. The seams of the narrative start to show, and by the end you are more aware of the filmmakers' ideas than of the character's life.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A steady thrum of anger pervades this Romanian film even in its quietest moments, but the ending and captured-lost-boys setting ultimately fail to surprise.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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