The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2006)

One evening, Mr. Lazarescu, who lives alone, feels a bit dizzy. He finally ends up being driven away in an ambulance, which is the start of a tragicomic odyssey. Each doctor who examines him arrives at an entirely different diagnosis, and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shot in naturalistic style, this is a powerful indictment of absurdity and indifference in the face of human suffering.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post

A tour de force of cinema verite with astonishing performances by a huge cast of small players.

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Alissa Wilkinson

What [the film] does best is take all that frustration and put it into one man's story. As he suffers, we feel his pain and irritation by proxy. That kind of humanity is often missing from debates about policy - but there's nothing more important.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's something about Fiscuteanu's quietly desperate performance (with much of the emotion conveyed through his eyes), that gets under your skin.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie is a stunner, so hypnotic that the length hardly matters.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu seems effortlessly observed, even improvised, but it's actually a wonder of choreography, rhythm and social commentary.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

As commentary, it's grim. As filmmaking, it's a powerfully disturbing odyssey through the Bucharest health care system.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Anton Bitel

blending social commentary with spiritual allegory, it traces one man's nocturnal descent into the Circle of Hell that is Romania's healthcare service

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A suffocating and emotionally stressful drama/social commentary that, made with a gripping naturalistic approach, impressed me most with the way it shows how… More
Marion Ravenwood
This film was hard to get through. It was so depressing, I had to watch it in two parts. How any one could call this a comedy is beyond me. Perhaps it is… More
Stefanie C
this is a good film, but the humor is so dark that you won't find yourself laughing. the cinema verite styling works well with the content, adding to the… More
I always wanted to see this film, which is said to have kicked off the ?Romanian New Wave? but I?ve got to say, this was a real challenge to get through. This… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is about Dante Remus Lazarescu(Ion Fiscuteanu), a 62-year old retired widower, who lives in an… More
FanGirl Browncoat
The subtitles are nearly impossible to read. Unless you're really interested in the pitfalls and failures of the health system of whatever country this… More