Leningrad (Attack on Leningrad) Reviews

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Super Reviewer
August 27, 2013
Attack on Leningrad is a pretty good movie, but one that I found to be a bit disappointing as well. By the looks of the trailer, it looked like this was going to be a sweeping war movie, it was, and wasn't. The film started well, quite exciting and thrilling, but it slowed down near the end, and it felt like the filmmakers didn't know how to conclude the story. I thought it was a decent ending, but one that could have been much better. The film is inaccurate, but for the most part, it shows us the chaos of what it was like for the Russians fighting. There was something missing from the film's script to really make it standout among other genre picture. The cast on the other were quite good, and elevated the average material enough to make this film watchable. This is not an awful film, it's just that it lacks in terms of authenticity and great storytelling. The film shows a bit of the suffering during the Second World, but it could use a more in depth structure to tell this compelling story. As a drama film it's average and as a war film, it's nothing remarkable. Despite the movies flaws, it's a worthy film to watch, but it really doesn't stand out among some of the best War films ever made. The film had so much potential in being a terrific experience, but it leaves you wanting more. The cast, like I said make it good, but at times there are things that really don't fit and fall flat. Attack on Leningrad should have been a memorable genre movie, but it's one of those movies that doesn't necessitate multiple viewings. Entertaining, but the script and execution could have been better overall.
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2010
Not recommended.
October 6, 2011
A different and possibly better than usual look at Russia during World War II. Shown in a mix of Russian-with-English-subtitles-assuming-you're-watching-in-an-English-speaking-country and English (with some German thrown in for flavor), the story is surprisingly heartfelt with a great cast led by a better than average (for her) Mira Sorvino. The mainly Russian cast - for it is a Russian made film, after all - all do spectacular, especially Olga Svutlova as Nina and the two children who play Yuma and Sema. The scenery is depressingly fantastic (that's a compliment....I mean, it is Russia during World War II, after all) and the ending is that perfect mix of happy and sad that all art house movies strive for.
½ May 19, 2012
just ok a perfect example of wot happens when u mix state of the art and mix it with a period pic in this case WWII unlike say 'U-572' its a tricky thing 2 get the balance between FX and real stuff
½ June 10, 2014
making is not good enough
April 28, 2013
Depressing, Depressing...
April 7, 2013
Ignore the poor ratings, this is an excellent movie about the siege of Leningrad and the suffering endured by the Russian people. It's through the eyes of an English woman who wanted to return to the birth place of her father. Her motivations are obscure but she turns out to be a heroic figure. The characters are realistic and this movie gives you a taste of what the war was like for the Russians and how heroic they were. This is not a conventional action war shoot-em-up movie but a soulful look at a compassionate and loving person and her struggle to save strangers who she comes to love.
March 25, 2013
Not the greatest production in history, and the choice of an englishwoman as the focus of the film is contrived, but a poignant reconstruction nonetheless of a dark hour in 20th Century history.
½ February 7, 2013
If you want to watch 2 hours of people starving to death... this ones for you! the characters are very numerous and bland to know end. and the worst acting I have ever seen from a child. Don't let the cover fool you... little action in this one!
January 26, 2013
Awful, ham-fisted attempt to put onto film a subject that has been long overdue. The near 900 day siege (or snippet thereof) of Russia's second largest city during World War II should be the ideal premise for an engaging drama, but unfortunately this Russian/British co-production fails on many levels. It isn't interesting, dramatic, correct or entertaining. It also isn't well directed (Aleksandr Buravsky) or acted for the most part, despite having personalities like Gabriel Byrne, Mira Sorvino and Armin Mueller-Stahl in the cast.

The basic story is about Kate Davis (Sorvino), a British journalist reporting from Leningrad, who by circumstance is left in the city when the siege starts in earnest. She seeks shelter with a Communist official, Nina (Olga Sutulova) and a Leningrad family. Together they try and avoid starvation and German bombs, in the hope of getting through the ordeal alive.

However, everything seems uneven, disjointed and somehow half-hearted which is a dreadful shame as it was possible to make a good film with the material at hand.

Other failures include appalling clichés, terrible dialogue, silly sub-plots and some ill-fitting post-production dubbing. Notoriously absent are the Finns, who were responsible for the Northern sector on the Leningrad front and also few and far between are scenes of cannibalism, which was rife throughout the city. As well as that, every bombing attack is carried out by smiling German pilots in BF109 fighters, rendered in sub-par CGI and there are moments of supposed drama and tension that actually made me laugh out loud!

There are some good points, though. The opening scene is rather well done, even if the German panzers are woefully incorrect and the idea pinched from 'Enemy at the Gates'. The Russian and German characters speak Russian and German (for the most part anyway, the Russians can speak incredibly good English when needed!) and Olga Sutulova's performance as the Communist militia (Nina) is rather well done, dwarfing everybody else. Unfortunately, it's just impossible to ignore the film's shortcomings and simply enjoy the story as the amateurish inaccuracies and terrible script (right down to the last scene) invade the enjoyment so overwhelmingly.

War is hell...

...but it isn't half as bad as having to sit through this.
March 3, 2012
Divertissant. Ça change un peu des films de guerre traditionnels. L'histoire de femmes affrontant le siège de Leningrad en Russie. J'aime particulière la facture très terne des images... ça donne beaucoup de sens et d'intensité aux images.
November 21, 2011
Mira "Where Have You Been Lately?" Sorvino puts on a British accent as an intrepid '40s Gal Journalist who gets caught in the siege of Leningrad and bonds with a very young Russian policewoman (who at first seems to be more of a kommissar). It has its moments of goofiness, but overall it's decent. It features a lot of random explosions hither and yon, if not much actual combat footage. There's a thoroughly wacky twist around 50 minutes in, but the absurdity is palatable since it does add a lot of suspense. Less acceptable is a pointless subplot about a German pilot -- I think it's thrown in because they wanted to show the scene where Hitler's Nutritionist(!) explains the Plan, but didn't want to have German speaking parts (including Armin Mueller-Stahl) show up in just one scene.

Check it out, but don't go out of your way.
½ November 16, 2011
Features annoying voice-over throughout.
August 6, 2011
deeply moving ...an episode of ww2 seldom widely discussed ... shown without heroics
January 7, 2011
While the premise of the movie is great, the storylines in the movie never get fully developed and leave a lot to be desired.
½ August 7, 2010
not so bad movie. really...
I didn't see good russian movie for a while. this one is not an exception but much better than I saw in last year. Mira Sorvino and Olga Sutulova acting very well. Atmosphere of the movie is quite realistic and some scenes are heardbreaking.
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