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Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer Reviews

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Monica Castillo
Paste Magazine

The result is more PBS NewsHour than HBO special.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.4/10

June 14, 2013
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

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.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

July 8, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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[a] very "60 Minutes" vibe

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

January 30, 2013
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

A missed opportunity to use an isolated event to explore wider issues.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2013
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

There's nothing probing or problematic about the film itself.

Full Review Source: New Statesman

June 28, 2013
Linda Stasi
New York Post
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This doc is an answer only to the band's prayers for never-ending publicity.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 10, 2013
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
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
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

"Pussy Riot" presents as full a portrait as we've seen of the three balaclava-wearing young women.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

June 6, 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
Mike Hale
New York Times
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The filmmakers... add a crucial humanizing element, by focusing on the women's conflicted but supportive parents

Full Review Source: New York Times

June 10, 2013
Catherine Shoard
Guardian [UK]

By the end, they are speaking with enormous precision and passion, an intellectual rigour miles superior to the work that landed them in trouble in the first place.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 13, 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
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

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

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
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

[A] riveting documentary ...

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

July 4, 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
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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A rough DIY style doesn't obscure the significance of this very timely documentary.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 22, 2013
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

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: Shockya.com | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2013
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