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Ischeznuvshaya Imperiya (Vanished Empire) Reviews

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Richard Kuipers
Variety
January 7, 2012
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
Shakhnazarov, who began his film career in the Soviet era and was about the age of his protagonists in '73, brings an authenticity to the material, as well as a certain wistfulness in his excellent re-creation of Brezhnev-era Moscow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2009
A nicely turned film about the crushing inevitability of change.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
In the gray old days of Brezhnev and detente, Russian college students shimmy to "Sugar, Sugar" and shell out for black-market Levis, unaware that these are the best days of their lives
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Hollywood Reporter
July 16, 2009
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 10, 2009
Evocative period details and persuasive performances lend a poignant sadness to Karen Shakhnazarov's familiar, but well-told, coming-of-age tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 10, 2009
[Director] Shakhnazarov came of age during the Soviet Union's Communist days and brings firsthand experience to the Brezhnev-era The Vanished Empire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 10, 2009
In The Vanished Empire, Mr. Shakhnazarov, a prolific and under-recognized Russian filmmaker with a surrealist touch, views the collapse of the Soviet Union as an inevitable conflation of the younger generation's natural impulse to reject the past.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin B. Lee
Time Out
July 8, 2009
The moralistic finale feels tacked on to the vivid celebration of Commie teen lust.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
July 8, 2009
The dead-end on-again, off-again courtship between Sergey and Lyuda bores, and their standard adolescent travails take up most of the screen time.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
July 7, 2009
Unsentimental, almost antiheroic snapshot of a disaffected lost generation never billboards its end-of-a-civilization vibe, though that vibe does color its bittersweet nostalgia over youth wasted on the young.