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Putin's Kiss (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Lise Birk Pedersen

Dec 31, 2012

$5.1k

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (3)

This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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"Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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While it comes across as simplistic, it's also achingly wistful about political awakenings being just a matter of talking to and finding empathy for the other side.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Often fascinating and provocative.

March 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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There are complex machinations at work here - but there's always a sense of the surface being skimmed in favour of telling Drokova's story.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

In the end, the viewer sees that life in Russia is a complicated morass of political dogma and tough ethical choices. Not completely unlike the USA.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Offers a sobering portrait of the world's troubled resurgent largest country, in particular of its pliable rising generation that has come up after the fall of Communism.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Documentarian Lise Birk Pedersen affords an informative and intriguing look into Russian society via the fresh face of Vladimir Putin's propaganda youth brigade NASHI ("OURS").

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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An eye opening expose' not to missed, which reveals a 'New Russia' that looks a lot like the 'Old Russia.'

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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Reduces its complex portrait of contemporary Russia and its para-governmental organizations to a simple morality play.

February 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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