Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) Reviews

August 22, 2016
Almost Holy is a deeply disturbing and shocking documentary portrait of life at its lowest ebb.
August 18, 2016
A telling scene where he gets worked up about the "criticism" of him on his Wikipedia page hints at a darker side to his character, and he doesn't take kindly to a journalist querying his vigilante methods.
August 18, 2016
The doc is maybe a little one-sided, but it's fascinating.
August 5, 2016
This is a film that challenges us to accept a flawed protagonist. His faults do not negate his charitable work, but it is up to us to decide whether they make him less of a hero.
August 4, 2016
Steve Hoover peels back multiple layers of Mokhnenko's story with artistry and acuity, assisted by a heady and propulsive score from composer Atticus Ross.
May 25, 2016
This documentary isn't about heroes and villains, or determining right and wrong. It's about hope in the face of hopelessness, and what drives a man to keep trying to change the seemingly unchangeable.
May 20, 2016
To the filmmakers, Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko is a bit of a superhero. I found myself leaning that way too.
May 19, 2016
"Almost Holy" captures something meaningfully urgent in the brutal day-to-day of tough love amid a world of tougher indifference.
May 19, 2016
A good example of how a charismatic figure doesn't automatically generate a deep or compelling documentary ...
May 18, 2016
Almost Holy has the feel of following an embedded journalist on one of those raw, ground-level views of a problem you'd never considered before but now, by virtue of good reporting, feels urgent and alive.
May 16, 2016
Hoover's style seems equally fit for a bleak documentary, suspenseful thriller, black comedy, dystopian sci-fi nightmare and grisly horror film.
October 12, 2015
Steve Hoover's outraged documentary follows pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a furiously committed intervener who drags drug-addicted kids into clinics and confronts the pharmacists who sell them codeine.
October 9, 2015
The best superhero vigilante movie of the year.
October 9, 2015
Steve Hoover's documentary boasts a colorful and controversial subject, who strides through the squalor to an Atticus Ross score.
October 9, 2015
There have been numerous criticisms of Mokhnenko's tactics over the years... But one has to wonder: if Hoover's side shows a man striving to ensure that children no longer die in the streets from drug addiction, who's on the other side?
October 9, 2015
[A] handsomely shot, sometimes harrowing doc.