Citizen X (1995)


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Stephen Rea stars as a relentless Russian investigator in this made-for-cable thriller. Based on an actual case, this taut film tells the story of Burakov (Rea), a Russian forensic pathologist assigned to track down a brutal serial killer who is targeting young drifters. The nature of the assignment takes its toll on Burakov's personal life, as he tracks the killer for years despite the red-tape and bureaucracy of the Soviet state. Nominated for several awards overall that year, Donald … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Gerolmo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 11, 2000
HBO Video


as Lt. Viktor Burakov

as Col. Mikhail Fetisov

as Andrei Chikatilo

as Dr. Alexandr Bukhano...

as Bondarchuk

as Gorbunov

as Federenko

as Mrs. Burakova

as Proturator

as Older Gay Man

as Tatevsky

as Gay Partner

as Front Detective

as Execution Guard

as Burakov's Daughter

as Burakov's Son

as Office Manager

as Kid Militiaman

as Peasant

as Older Partner

as Vague Looking Girl

as Train Track Boy

as Station Drunk

as Plainclothesman

as Militiaman

as Hanging Boy

as Drunk Father

as Wall-eyed Boy

as Peasant Mother

as Young Announcer

as Dunenkov

as Announcer

as Scruffy Man

as Young Attendant

as Slow Woman

as Mrs. Chikatilo

as Drunken Woman

as Man in Robe

as Beautiful Blonde Gir...

as Older Partner

as Detective

as Eating Soldier No. 1

as Wizened Peasant Woma...

as Eating Soldier No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Citizen X

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer.

Full Review… | November 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the best serial killer movie i have seen

April 3, 2006

Fascinating and absorbing. One of HBO's finest made-for-cable flicks.

July 25, 2002

July 19, 2005

Full Review… | January 31, 2003

Audience Reviews for Citizen X


Interesting bit of history. Steven Rea does a good job. Donald Southerland could have passed on this role.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


This serial-killer TV film by HBO is an incredible piece of work. It has almost all the required elements of its genre in adequate proportion. Although it takes a limited number of cinematic liberties, it's done only to heighten the effect, and it works big time.

The brilliantly outstanding performance by Stephen Rea is one of the best performances I've ever come through. His portrayal of his character Burakov is very realistic. He literally feels life into his character. Donald Sutherland could have done better, IMHO.

All in all, it's a great movie based on real events, and any fan of this genre shouldn't miss it.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

well done hbo film based on the case of ukrainian serial killer andrei chikatilo, convicted of killing 52 women and children. good cast including donald sutherland and max von sydow. stephen rea plays the investigator who followed the case for seven years despite much interference from soviet bureaucracy. patchy russian accents but very factual

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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