The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu)
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lazarescu)

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A tour de force of cinema verite with astonishing performances by a huge cast of small players."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu seems effortlessly observed, even improvised, but it's actually a wonder of choreography, rhythm and social commentary."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"An indictment of an indifferent health care system."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This deathly film is crafted with such ease that it comes appallingly alive. A slowly suffocating, masterly work of social realism that shrouds you in a melancholy look at mortality."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"There's something about Fiscuteanu's quietly desperate performance (with much of the emotion conveyed through his eyes), that gets under your skin."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"blending social commentary with spiritual allegory, it traces one man's nocturnal descent into the Circle of Hell that is Romania's healthcare service"
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"The film feels very real and not a little scary since the viewer knows that he is very likely to eventually likely to share Lazarescu's fate."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"While Lazarescu is descending on his nighttime journey toward zero, the film builds up an entire social world around him--one that is harrowing, funny, infuriating, outrageous and sometimes profoundly moving."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"As commentary, it's grim. As filmmaking, it's a powerfully disturbing odyssey through the Bucharest health care system."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The film's real success is that Puiu impresses both with his compassion for human behaviour and his tight grip on realist, documentary-style filmmaking."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The gradual accumulation of detail, the quotidian elements of the long night, eventually add up to a powerful and engrossing whole."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Absurdamente angustiante em seu realismo sem concessões, este é mais do que um filme-denúncia (apropriado para vários países, aliás); é, acima de tudo, um olhar agridoce sobre o melhor e o pior em todos nós."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A harsh critique of the modern medical system, and though it takes place specifically in Romania, its events could be easily transferred elsewhere."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies

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