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Khodorkovsky (2011)

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89

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once the richest man in Russia. Today, he's one of the world's most famous political prisoners. A story of Shakespearean proportions, The New York Times has reported on Khodorkovsky in both its news and op-ed pages. Fascinating interviews with Khodorkovsky (sometimes sitting in a glass box in the courtroom), members of his family, and others portray a country transformed from its moribund Communist past to one in which power-hungry politicians are abetted by a corrupt,

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Cyril Tuschi

Nov 6, 2012

$38.6k

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (4)

Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers.

June 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Navigating a tangled tale such as this is like entering a hall of mirrors. "Khodorkovsky" doesn't do a good enough job of Windexing them.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a perfect fit for the blend of Greek tragedy, spaghetti Western and judicial farce that defines business and politics in the New Russia.

December 2, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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The gripping documentary "Khodor-kovsky'' tells how Russia's richest man became its most famous political prisoner.

November 30, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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It may be fuzzy around its edges, but inside it's hard as steel.

March 12, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

As Tuschi's film digs deeper, it seems to offer less information. Clearly, many people have been, and still are, affected by this phantom of a subject. This story is not over.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Features frank, informative interviews (including one with Khodorkovsky after his second trial) and raises some important questions.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A documentary that takes fewer prisoners than Putin's KGB, Tuschi's study of Russian power politics is smart, scary and sobering.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Tuschi paints a complex portrait of corrupted power.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This film is a commanding insight into Putin's Russia.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Tuschi collates the evidence masterfully - TV footage, documents, interviews with ex-colleagues - to substantiate what much of the world is already convinced of.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A convincing picture of a principled man prepared to become a jailed martyr if that's what it took to rally the people behind him.

February 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

An interview with Khodorkovsky, vox pops with ordinary Russians and some weird animation fail to secure contributions of great significance, let alone clarify basic issues of guilt or innocence.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

It's an engaging, personal story full of moving details.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Edged with cynicism and wit, Tuschi's film can't hide its admiration - but real answers lurk tantalisingly out of reach.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There is a Catch 22 lurking in the murkiness of this film but most will be challenged to find it.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

If Khodorkovsky is not making an especially new argument, it is making it forcefully and engagingly. The form constitutes its own politics, pure or not.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A fascinating documentary more about Khodorkovsky the "player" than about the social and political contradictions of post-Soviet Russia.

December 5, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It's unlikely to enflame American audiences with less of a stake in Russia's political goings-on, but works as a persuasive portrait of a politically toxic situation.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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    1. Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky: Elections alone won't build a civil society.
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