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Hipsters

Hipsters (2011)

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85

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Movie Info

Hipsters is a lavish, candy-colored musical set in Cold War Russia circa 1955. It tells the story of a communist party youth, Mels (named after Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin), whose life is changed when he encounters Moscow's vibrant underground, American influenced jazz scene and the non-conformist kids, Hipsters, who inhabit it. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (5)

What is... wondrous, the chief repression that we see-and hear-is Stalinist hatred of jazz and American hip clothes.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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'Hipsters" practically vibrates with zeal and joy.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's taken the Russian musical "Hipsters" four years to reach America. That's all right. It may take audiences four years to recover.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A candy-colored confection with a dark, bittersweet center.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Are you ready for a bright and breezy musical comedy from Russia?

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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An endearing curiosity that, at 125 minutes, is as badly in need of a trim as the hair of its comically coiffed dandies.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Imagine Baz Luhrmann on borscht.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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I really wanted to enjoy this cause I really liked what the movie was going for and the numbers are often fun. But there were too many things that bothered me to enjoy it.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

You could get whiplash trying to keep up with everything, but I suspect that's what hyperactive director Valeriy Todorovskiy is going for...

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Hipsters gets rubles for trying, but what's on screen is thin and obvious, the characters one-dimensional, the musical numbers and satire vapid.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The birth of the cool in the USSR forged into a rocking Soviet Graffitti that will heat the world.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Or as Yakov Smirnoff would say: in Soviet Russia, party finds you!

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's an intriguing spectacle, but there's no substance behind it.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

Light as a bubble, Hipsters suggests that age may catch up with everyone, but that there will always be people fighting against the current of conformity, even if they only express it via how they wear their hair.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Lightweight but watchable musical confection.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Hipsters

Hairspray in the USSR; i.e., fun and bright, but with stakes. Visual candy, catchy tunes, Lovers in a Dangerous Time plot, and only a touch heavy-handed in its political statement. Wobbles toward the end, but how many musicals don't? Eye-opening work... I kind of loved it.
December 14, 2013
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    1. Mels: But it's not about being better or worse, just different.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Mels: I'm not persistant. I'm goal-oriented.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
    1. Katya: Every hipster is a potential criminal. A saxophone is only one small step away from a switchblade.
    – Submitted by Frances H (9 months ago)
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