Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer Reviews

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
February 20, 2014
If you think you know about this feminist punk group from the media coverage of their trial, and Madonna's flashes of solidarity, that's not the half of it.
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
February 19, 2014
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a solid but unfortunately slight look at some of culture's most fascinating provocateurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Knight
National Post
February 13, 2014
A Punk Prayer provides a useful bit of backstory, including the liberal, post-Soviet upbringing of jailed Rioters Nadia, Masha and Katia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
February 13, 2014
This feels like a ride-along for a moment in history more than any formal analysis, which is the right way to approach a story that continues to evolve, and shows no signs of drawing to any satisfying close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie MacLellan
Toronto Star
February 13, 2014
If you're still getting up to speed on how these Russian balaclava-clad feminists became an international cause célèbre, filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin offer an entertaining primer ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2013
Sharply highlight[s] the dilemma post-Soviet Russia faces today regarding tolerance of views that go against the orthodoxy. By the end you really do feel like calling Russia and saying "come on, grow up."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
September 25, 2013
The absorbing day-by-day of the Pussy Riot trial, and an intimate meeting with three Pussy Riot women unmasked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
Getting at the depth of these issues whilst keeping the film engaging is not an easy task, but it's impressively managed here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 8, 2013
Reveals little more than the order of events, which have already been succinctly detailed in forms that take considerably less than 86 minutes to process.
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
July 7, 2013
Smart and modulated, with attention given to the broader cultural background, and a platform offered to the rioters' detractors.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
July 5, 2013
Documentaries, like thrillers, need charismatic leads. And a twist. This smart British project delivers on both fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
A missed opportunity to use an isolated event to explore wider issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 4, 2013
[A] riveting documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 4, 2013
Naive they may be, but they have courage - certainly compared to the swaggering, hatchet-faced male bullies ranged against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 4, 2013
A thoroughly engaging and enlightening documentary, which gets up-close-and-personal with the three female Pussy Riot members that were sent to jail for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
July 3, 2013
While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story's wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Scotsman
July 1, 2013
Not the most talented rockers, but certainly the most courageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
June 28, 2013
There's nothing probing or problematic about the film itself.
Rob Humanick
House Next Door
June 22, 2013
The film benefits greatly from the young feminists' understanding of political theater.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
June 21, 2013
Interesting throughout, and marked by a certain grungy-chic quality, but also seems like a bit of a missed opportunity, insofar as its lack of expansion to story's international component.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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