Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian) (2003)

Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)

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Critic Consensus: Wants to be The Godfather, but the movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative limits its effectiveness.


Movie Info

Directed by Pavel Lounguine, Tycoon is set 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and chronicles the rags-to-riches career of businessman Platon Makovsky (Vladimir Mashkov). Although he fervently defends the way he attained his intimidating personal fortune, the government claims he has been practicing unfair "oligarchic" business transactions. This film also features Mariya Mironova, Alexander Baluev, Levani Outchaneichvili, and Maret Basharov.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Alexandr Borodyansky, Alexandre Borodianski, Pavel Lounguine, Aleksandr Borodyansky, Yuli Dubov
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2004
Runtime:
New Yorker Films

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Critic Reviews for Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)

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The movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative sometimes works against it, and a lack of coherence is often frustrating. Despite this, Tycoon does land a few punches while telling a story that is distinctly Russian.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Although Lounguine has a lot to say about Russia's struggle in its transition to global capitalism, his film is strangely uninvolving, lacking dramatic sweep.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
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A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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The combination of historical sweep and the need to read subtitles doesn't allow for the kind of subtle character portrayal that made the Godfather series, but Mashkov is a major force as Platon.

Full Review… | September 5, 2003
Denver Post
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Plato's fast-talking gamesmanship has a sly con-artist's feel in the early stretches, but as his wealth multiplies, the game turns serious and the film becomes preachy and ponderous.

Full Review… | September 4, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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