Khodorkovsky Reviews

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Top Critic
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 19, 2013
Tuschi has a sharp sense of tempo and shot composition, and he obviously knows how to ask questions, because he gets good answers.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 12, 2012
It may be fuzzy around its edges, but inside it's hard as steel.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 4, 2012
Features frank, informative interviews (including one with Khodorkovsky after his second trial) and raises some important questions.
Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine
March 2, 2012
A documentary that takes fewer prisoners than Putin's KGB, Tuschi's study of Russian power politics is smart, scary and sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Little White Lies
March 2, 2012
Tuschi paints a complex portrait of corrupted power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 1, 2012
This film is a commanding insight into Putin's Russia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
March 1, 2012
Helps to make Khodorkovsky more of a reality than the enigma he threatens to become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
February 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 23, 2012
"Khodorkovsky" is a curious and admirable documentary, the product of one filmmaker's inability to let go of a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 23, 2012
It's an engaging, personal story full of moving details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
February 20, 2012
Edged with cynicism and wit, Tuschi's film can't hide its admiration - but real answers lurk tantalisingly out of reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
January 24, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 7, 2011
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.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 5, 2011
A fascinating documentary more about Khodorkovsky the "player" than about the social and political contradictions of post-Soviet Russia.
Top Critic
December 2, 2011
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.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
December 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 30, 2011
"Khodorkovsky" is an entertaining examination of Russian culture, society, and politics seen through the lens of an outrageous character assassination orchestrated by the Russian government.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 30, 2011
The movie convincingly turns a power-hungry archetype into an unlikely martyr for free speech.
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