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: 95% 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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Robert Kojder
Flickering Myth

Graduation is assuredly a slow burn that revels in subtlety and true to life human interaction, but it builds to a fitting ending that both emotionally resonates and feels slightly predictable

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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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Blake Williams
Cinema Scope

The only thing more preordained than the direction, narrative structure, rhythm, colour palette, and general sense of morality on display in Cristian Mungiu's latest film is that you are going to see it-because it is an Important Work of World Cinema...

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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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Matt Patches

Like Euro-flavored Coen-brothers drama, Graduation is rich with character, culture, and corruption.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
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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