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

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 12, 2003
The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 29, 2003
Taking cues from Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America and GoodFellas, this Russian mob film is, frankly, not tall enough to get on the ride with the big boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2003
structured like "Citizen Kane" but never gets into the heart and mind of its protagonist
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 24, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 10, 2003
Crass, unimaginative, corner-cutting, and simplistic, with the visual vocabulary of daytime soap.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Manages to be convoluted, complicated, incomprehensible and maddeningly thin all at the same time.
November 7, 2003
It's worth watching to see Plato grow into his power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
May 31, 2003
Lounguine has taken, if not an original story, an amazingly real one, and turned it into a spaghetti eastern, reducing a Dostoyevskian saga to a Leonean melodrama.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 28, 2003
Though billed as a Russian 'Godfather,' this convoluted story could be mighty confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
August 22, 2003
An uneven political thriller that suffers mostly from a highly convoluted story line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 13, 2003
Before long, you lose track of who is who and who is doing what to whom.
| Original Score: 1/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 19, 2003
Overlong, underfed, and obsessed with making a point with its style and the none-too-subtle comparison of Welles' newspaper baron to Russia's broom baron.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2003
Chilly and convoluted, too eventful to be boring, but never taking the time to immerse us emotionally in Makovski's world.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 4, 2003
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.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 11, 2003
Wants to be a Russian version of 'Citizen Kane,' but it's more like 'Mr. Arkadin'...a film of modest accomplishment and equally modest interest.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

Boston Phoenix
November 4, 2003
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