"A rigorous, naturalistic, and devastating cross-section of xenophobia."
— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
"Further evidence that [Mungiu] is one of the world’s most interesting dramatists."
— Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"R.M.N. is one of the most searing cinematic examinations of xenophobia I’ve ever seen."
— Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The tame and the wild roam through R.M.N., nipping at its edges, adding visual texture and deepening its themes."
— Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"It is a work of patient yet painful observation that exposes how a community of struggling people can easily turn hateful."
— Chase Hutchinson, Collider
"R.M.N. is as gripping and scrupulously humane as Mungiu’s admirers have come to expect from an artist of supreme discipline and dramatic skill."
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"It’s a kind of close-up-and-personal look at contemporary issues in an area not often dramatized or in the news, which adds to the film’s fresh and urgent feel."
— Todd McCarthy Deadline, Hollywood Daily
"Martin Grigore’s Matthias, a bear of a man who quits a slaughterhouse job in Germany and returns home to many problems and the sound of no hands clapping, is the embodiment of Hitchcock’s definition of suspense."
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It’s a fascinating and utterly engrossing film, immersing us in this world, fretting over what we can see coming before the principals do, and relating it to the xenophobia and bigotry out in the open in America, just as it is in backward, rural Transylvania."
— Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Mungiu is a master of the long, talky slow burn, and if R.M.N. often feels less focused and more sprawling than some of his earlier movies (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “Graduation”), that’s a testament to its expansiveness and ambition. The story becomes increasingly gripping as it meanders and lingers, broadens and deepens, putting peripheral characters into play and bringing latent hostilities to the surface."
— Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times