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

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 6, 2004
The combination of arresting melodrama and eye-opening editorial commentary really works.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2003
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 | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 11, 2003
A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 5, 2003
What's fascinating is that, even in the absence of sympathetic characters, Tycoon sucks you into a world of power where politics and business are the same thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 5, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2003
Evokes a melancholy awareness of the seemingly eternal exploitation and impoverishment of the Russian people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2003
Like all good gangster sagas, Tycoon succeeds because it pays attention to both the epic sweep of history and small details of individual lives.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 13, 2003
The flashback structure drains the story of momentum, but Mashkov and Uchaineshvili portray the reptilian glamour of cultured thugs with frightening intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2003
The sheer moral ambivalence and physical exuberance of the spectacle makes it worth seeing, if only for a glimpse at a once-feared society engulfed by chaos.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
Mashkov's riveting performance and Lounguine's classic pacing make it worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
June 12, 2003
Tycoon is as seductive and audacious as its protagonist, whose outrageous manipulations encapsulate the chaos and corruption of Russia's neophyte capitalist economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 12, 2003
Despite its messiness, Tycoon is a movie wired to the moment. Like certain Spike Lee films, it is a cinematic newspaper whose alarming headlines cry out not to be ignored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 12, 2003
Lounguine tells the story with more discipline than you'll find in his earlier films, painting a crowded portrait of a society moving toward a future it can neither confidently predict nor look forward to with anything but nervous anticipation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark R. Leeper
February 26, 2003
| Original Score: 9/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 24, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
September 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2004
The filmmakers would have been better off with a more direct, linear story line that might have allowed for some real character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 30, 2004
A criminally unimaginative gangster story based on the life of notorious high-roller billionaire entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: C

Boston Phoenix
November 4, 2003
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