Graduation (Bacalaureat)
Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017)

Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter's future. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) is a seemingly honest doctor… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 7, 2017
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Graduation marks yet another well-written and powerfully acted look at morality and societal decay from writer-director Cristian Mungiu.

Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

The cinematography, the dialogue and the performances, especially Adrian Titieni's as an earnest and anxious Mr. Fix-It, are impressively naturalistic.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Writer-director Cristian Mungiu continues his expert evisceration of his native Romania, and by extension, this whole rotten world and the people who make it that way, even as they convince themselves otherwise.

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Ernesto Diezmartinez
Cine Vértigo

An absorbing drama that may have been performed in Mexico. [Full review in Spanish]

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It's ... insistent that life is a series of complex decisions, with fate intruding, and the path's never clear.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

To Mungiu's credit, he makes it clear that, although the film is set in Romania, its moral quandaries could be taking place anywhere.

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Mabel Salinas
Cine Premiere

A film that shies away from unnecessary explanations and turns a traditionally joyful moment, like a graduation, into an oppressive and at the same time hopeful subject. [Full review in Spanish]

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

It feels like nothing's happening until you realize everything is, right before your eyes.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

"Graduation" has a lot on its mind, but is told in such an intimate way it's like eavesdropping on a conversation: the closer you listen, the more you'll hear.

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Oswaldo Betancourt Lozano

It may not be as intense as 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, but it pays to take a look at its approach to a man with a questionable morality that ends up corrupting himself. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Mungiu uses his usual naturalistic style (with many long takes and even no score) to create a gripping criticism on Romanian society, showing a series of… More