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The Singing Revolution Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Folk songs can be plenty inspirational, but like this movie, they just aren't all that exciting.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 17, 2008
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Booster-ish, with only former participants in the struggle and activists interviewed. There's a you-must-feel-good thrust (and an incessant score). Warbles a familiar tune to Estonians, presumably, and doesn't offer enough rich notes for an outsider.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 1, 2008
Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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The Singing Revolution might ignite history buffs, but for musicphiles, it's unfortunately a one-note symphony.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2007
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

This solid, straightforward film highlights an important part of modern world history, but then overstays its welcome.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 14, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Patience may not the most exciting movie subject, but The Singing Revolution is, in its deceptively mild way, inspiring.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 25, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Though slightly overstated, the part played by singing was no doubt significant. Its implied role in keeping the Estonian revolution nonviolent is especially stirring.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

April 3, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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This fine and surprising documentary asks an even more challenging question: Can music promote nonviolence, prevent bloodshed and successfully overthrow an oppressive regime? Again -- astonishingly -- the answer is 'yes.'

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Although filmmakers James and Maureen Castle Tusty haven't figured out how to make historic tidbits come alive, they do know how to make them sing.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Singing Revolution eloquently illustrates that, once granted, even a smidgen of freedom can transform into an unstoppable weapon against oppression.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 13, 2007
Bill Gibron

Though it proposes to discuss how music made all the difference in Estonia's fight for independence, The Singing Revolution is actually more focused on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing that helped determine the end of Russian influence.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 13, 2007
Mark R. Leeper

This is a powerful and emotional account of 71 years of the history of Estonia and especially how the Estonian spirit freed the country from the leash of the Soviet Union. The film combines beautiful choral music with the dramatic sto

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10

November 25, 2007
Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
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One incredible tale.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 6, 2007
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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One incredible tale: As independence gains a foothold, a crowd of USSR-loyal reactionaries storms the capitol building in Tallinn. The trapped an S.O.S. to the Estonian public -- and the People actually show up.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 11, 2007
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Full of the kind of collective passion and struggle and yearning for freedom that makes viewers well up with pride at their shared humanity.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 3, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Effectively chronicles in a thumbnail sketch the blustery recent political 20th-century history of Estonia.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 7, 2008
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

March 28, 2009
Desson Thomson
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

April 17, 2008
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

An intriguing, highly recommended film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

April 24, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.

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May 30, 2008

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