Hipsters Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
What is... wondrous, the chief repression that we see-and hear-is Stalinist hatred of jazz and American hip clothes.
Brandon Judell
indieWIRE
October 31, 2012
Imagine Baz Luhrmann on borscht.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 3, 2012
'Hipsters" practically vibrates with zeal and joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 3, 2012
You could get whiplash trying to keep up with everything, but I suspect that's what hyperactive director Valeriy Todorovskiy is going for...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
It's taken the Russian musical "Hipsters" four years to reach America. That's all right. It may take audiences four years to recover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 6, 2012
A candy-colored confection with a dark, bittersweet center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 17, 2012
The birth of the cool in the USSR forged into a rocking Soviet Graffitti that will heat the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Phil Hall
Film Threat
February 24, 2012
Or as Yakov Smirnoff would say: in Soviet Russia, party finds you!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 24, 2012
Are you ready for a bright and breezy musical comedy from Russia?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 23, 2012
An endearing curiosity that, at 125 minutes, is as badly in need of a trim as the hair of its comically coiffed dandies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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February 23, 2012
The hipster moment may have faded fast through repression and attrition, but in Todorovsky's reading, it was crucially formative on today's Russian youth.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
February 23, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 21, 2012
[A] punch-drunk, decadently designed slice of eye candy...
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 13, 2012
Lightweight but watchable musical confection.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
December 1, 2011
Todorovsky cleverly indicates how every generation holds bragging rights to its own unique brand of youthful defiance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 28, 2011
Like the excellent recent documentary My Perestroika, this film is suffused with an uneasy nostalgia for the Communist heyday: simpler, more innocent, yet somehow wilder, with more at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2011
Raucous and vibrant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 28, 2011
What the film lacks in originality or wit, it compensates for with solid craftsmanship, a pleasing look and sound, and a great ending.
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
October 27, 2011
In a postwar Moscow where consuming Western products is considered a form of treason, their insouciant fetishization -- and charming lost-in-translation misinterpretation -- of American jazz culture are legitimate forms of political rebellion.
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2011
The film makes a concession in the way its love affair progresses toward melodrama, but it never loses its fondness for the absurd, and the wicked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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