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Khodorkovsky (2011)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 25
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 505

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Movie Info

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, … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Cyril Tuschi
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 6, 2012
Box Office:
$38.6k
Runtime:
Kino Lorber - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Khodorkovsky

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10) | 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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2011
NPR
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

It may be fuzzy around its edges, but inside it's hard as steel.

Full Review… | March 12, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 9, 2012
San Francisco Examiner

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

Full Review… | March 4, 2012
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Empire Magazine

Tuschi paints a complex portrait of corrupted power.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Little White Lies

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Guardian

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Scotsman

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

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 20, 2012
Total Film

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

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
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.

Full Review… | December 7, 2011
PopMatters

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

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
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Khodorkovsky Quotes


Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky:
Elections alone won't build a civil society.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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