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Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer Reviews

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Maclean's Magazine

February 20, 2014
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a solid but unfortunately slight look at some of culture's most fascinating provocateurs.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

February 19, 2014
Chris Knight
National Post

A Punk Prayer provides a useful bit of backstory, including the liberal, post-Soviet upbringing of jailed Rioters Nadia, Masha and Katia.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2014
Katherine Monk

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 Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 13, 2014
Stephanie MacLellan
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2014

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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2013
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse

The absorbing day-by-day of the Pussy Riot trial, and an intimate meeting with three Pussy Riot women unmasked.

Full Review Source: Arts Fuse | Original Score: 3 stars

September 25, 2013
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2013
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]

Smart and modulated, with attention given to the broader cultural background, and a platform offered to the rioters' detractors.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 7, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Documentaries, like thrillers, need charismatic leads. And a twist. This smart British project delivers on both fronts.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

[A] riveting documentary ...

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

Naive they may be, but they have courage - certainly compared to the swaggering, hatchet-faced male bullies ranged against them.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2013
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

July 4, 2013
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

July 3, 2013


Not the most talented rockers, but certainly the most courageous.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2013
Rob Humanick
House Next Door

The film benefits greatly from the young feminists' understanding of political theater.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

June 22, 2013
Brent Simon

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 Source: | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2013
Stephen Silver

An intriguing look at a Russia in transition, and not quite for the better

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 4/5

June 20, 2013
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Spotlights the subversive Russian punk rock protest performance artists, who these women are and where they came from. And the connection of all of this to anti-capitalism, the chaos of the post-Soviet market economy, and Soviet era vanguard feminism.

Full Review Source: WBAI Radio

June 13, 2013
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

With its fast pace and its enviable access to the key players, it has a light on-its-feet quality reminiscent of news journalism.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2013
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