L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin Reviews

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Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
November 3, 2005
We are fortunate enough to see films like L'chayim Comrade Stalin, where the last brilliant sparks shine most astonishingly
Full Review | Original Score: '2.5'
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
March 14, 2003
Replete with surprises, twists and thought-provoking anecdotes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2003
Energetic and informative, albeit more than a little haphazard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 6, 2003
The story of the JAR can be read as tragedy, but the exuberant Strom ... is by artistic temperament an optimist.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 30, 2003
Enlightening documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 28, 2003
Like Strom's earlier docs, L'Chayim Comrade Stalin is best appreciated as an exercise in creative ethnography.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
March 10, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
February 13, 2003
Like the swamps on which the Siberian town Birobidzhan was built, Yale Strom's latest documentary L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin! is mired in mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald J. Levit
Film Threat
February 12, 2003
Like the Jewish Autonomous Region itself, it is stillborn and empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 12, 2003
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 10, 2003
Can't overcome its inherent blandness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 31, 2003
Talking heads and shots of the grim landscape can get awfully tiresome.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
January 30, 2003
A fertile concept vanishes behind confused, overwrought style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 12, 2003
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 3, 2003
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