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Tales from the Golden Age

Everyday life in 1980s Romania under Ceausescu takes on an air of comic surrealism in this whimsical collection of shorts written by award-winning filmmaker Cristian Mungiu and helmed by several acclaimed Romanian directors.
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Netflix Rating: 3.3
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 78   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The collection is a mixed bag, although there are no clunkers. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

There are moments, especially in the first two tales, that conjure a maniacal Chaplinesque verve. full review

Stephen Holden, New York Times

Bracketed by the Ceausescu anthem, the movie recalls a social disaster in painstaking detail and with a measure of ambivalent love. full review

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Though much lighter than the country's art-house fare of the past few years, the collection serves as a sampler of the much-heralded Romanian cinema. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

[The directors'] youth and talent should allay fears that the country's film explosion is incapable of hitting a broad range of notes, and offer hope that more mainstream, home-grown offerings can spur cinema building within Romania. full review

Jay Weissberg, Variety
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