100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A watchful, winding-down tragedy of a movie that delivers what it promises. As commentary, it's grim. As filmmaking, it's a powerfully disturbing odyssey through the Bucharest health care system.
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100

Chicago Tribune

It is a black comedy, among the blackest. It is also more grueling in some stretches than anything in "United 93."
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's full of humor, pathos and a deep humanism that comes as a warm blast in this age of lifeless, cinematic junk.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Mr. Lazarescu is that rich and riveting a film of universal small human moments and big-system failure.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Like "United 93" and the work of the Dardenne brothers, it lives entirely in the moment, seeing what happens as it happens, drawing no conclusions, making no speeches, creating no artificial dramatic conflicts, just showing people living one moment after another, as they must.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
By recording this all too commonplace and dehumanizing process, Puiu's film shows the sick old man and the strangers who deal with him to be all too human - extraordinarily so.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

In this deep probe into modern-day medicine, the old guy is shuttled from hospital to hospital in a surreal, horrifying ordeal of errors, missed diagnoses and institutional malaise. At two hours and 34 minutes, we, seemingly, also endure his agony -- part of this Romanian film's power and, also, its Achilles heel.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If Lazarescu's experience is typical in the former Soviet bloc, democracy hasn't done much to humanize the bureaucracy.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Needlessly long, visually drab and not just a foreign-language film, with English subtitles, but a film that's ostensibly foreign to our experience. That said, there are compelling reasons to see it.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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