Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers.
It may be fuzzy around its edges, but inside it's hard as steel.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Features frank, informative interviews (including one with Khodorkovsky after his second trial) and raises some important questions.
A documentary that takes fewer prisoners than Putin's KGB, Tuschi's study of Russian power politics is smart, scary and sobering.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tuschi paints a complex portrait of corrupted power.
| Original Score: 4/5
This film is a commanding insight into Putin's Russia.
Tuschi collates the evidence masterfully - TV footage, documents, interviews with ex-colleagues - to substantiate what much of the world is already convinced of.
Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.
It's an engaging, personal story full of moving details.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Edged with cynicism and wit, Tuschi's film can't hide its admiration - but real answers lurk tantalisingly out of reach.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
There is a Catch 22 lurking in the murkiness of this film but most will be challenged to find it.
| Original Score: 5/10
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.
A fascinating documentary more about Khodorkovsky the "player" than about the social and political contradictions of post-Soviet Russia.
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.
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.
| Original Score: B+