Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda) Reviews

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Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
November 19, 2010
Don't be completely deceived by the film's light touch; Disco and Atomic War still makes a number of salient points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 17, 2010
The kind of rare documentary that simultaneously informs and delights even those who don't care much about history or politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.276/10
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 12, 2010
A playful compendium of archival footage, dramatic reconstructions with a surreal comic edge and solemn talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
November 12, 2010
Idiosyncratic doc about how Western pop culture helped pull back and ultimately ripped down the Iron Curtain provides a rare look at life in pre-1990 Estonia. Politicos will be intrigued.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 12, 2010
It's the true story of how the Soviet government that ruled Estonia into the 1980s began to lose control when somebody discovered they could illegally tap into Western TV from neighboring Finland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 11, 2010
Entertaining and enlightening probe of the Cold War and its impact on Estonia through the "soft power" of pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Orange
November 10, 2010
The result is a mediocre fusion of personal art project and documentary procedural that never quite takes.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
If another contemporary nonfiction film makes a better case for the still-controversial tactic of blending scripted scenes into factual footage, I haven't seen it.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
November 9, 2010
Kilmi and Aarma's look back is both affectionate and skeptical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
November 6, 2010
"Disco & Atomic War" is an inventive subjective look at events leading up to the fall of the Iron Curtain. The intrinsic truths here are so organic and alive you can feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Leslie Felperin
February 23, 2012
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