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Eisenstein

Eisenstein (2002)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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A biographical drama about the life of great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein), Eisenstein stars Simon McBurney as its eponymous protagonist. Beginning in 1922, when the young Eisenstein, a former Red Army engineer, became the protégé of avant-garde theatre director Meyerhold (Jonathan Hyde), the film covers Eisenstein's life, work, and political struggles through three decades, set in such disparate locales as the Ukraine and Mexico. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Unrated,

Art House & International, Drama

Renny Bartlett

Amérique Film

Cast

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (4)

If you're content with a clever pseudo-bio that manages to have a good time as it doles out pieces of the famous director's life, Eisenstein delivers.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Best enjoyed as a work of fiction inspired by real-life events. Those seeking a definitive account of Eisenstein's life would do better elsewhere.

January 2, 2002
New York Post
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Bartlett's hero remains a reactive cipher, when opening the man's head and heart is the only imaginable reason for the film to be made.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's often infuriatingly glib and posturing, and yet it has been made with great evident care and manages to deliver up the man in a way to arouse further curiosity in even the most unknowing viewer.

January 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It may not be entirely reliable in historical terms, but it offers an intriguing impression of the man, his art and his times.

January 2, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Elliptical, unsatisfactory and yet oddly compelling.

December 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Eisenstein lacks considerable brio for a film about one of cinema's directorial giants.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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