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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...
Reduces its complex portrait of contemporary Russia and its para-governmental organizations to a simple morality play.
| Original Score: 2/4
Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: B-
Often fascinating and provocative.
| Original Score: 7.9/10
An eye opening expose' not to missed, which reveals a 'New Russia' that looks a lot like the 'Old Russia.'
| Original Score: 4/4
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").
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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.
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.
"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.
| Original Score: 3/4