We are fortunate enough to see films like L'chayim Comrade Stalin, where the last brilliant sparks shine most astonishingly
| Original Score: '2.5'
Replete with surprises, twists and thought-provoking anecdotes.
| Original Score: 3/5
The smarter film would have really put its beliefs through the wringer; Strom's movie contents itself with the surface and as such remains a wan, Xeroxed filmic hand-out of a potentially interesting historical sub-chapter.
| Original Score: C-
Energetic and informative, albeit more than a little haphazard.
The story of the JAR can be read as tragedy, but the exuberant Strom ... is by artistic temperament an optimist.
Like the swamps on which the Siberian town Birobidzhan was built, Yale Strom's latest documentary L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin! is mired in mediocrity.
| Original Score: 1/4
Like the Jewish Autonomous Region itself, it is stillborn and empty.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Strom, whether hamstrung by a lack of material or an inability to understand structure, delivers a slapdash work that is weak on a number of fronts.
Can't overcome its inherent blandness.
| Original Score: C+
Talking heads and shots of the grim landscape can get awfully tiresome.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A fertile concept vanishes behind confused, overwrought style.
| Original Score: 2/5
Like Strom's earlier docs, L'Chayim Comrade Stalin is best appreciated as an exercise in creative ethnography.