Andrei Rublev

Critics Consensus

Andrei Rublev is a cerebral epic that filters challenging ideas through a grand scope -- forming a moving thesis on art, faith, and the sweep of history.



Total Count: 40


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In this film, set in the 15th century, Anatoly Solonitsin plays the title character, a legendary icon painter/political activist. Rublev gives up his work entirely after being forced to kill a man. However, he eventually comes to terms with himself and continues painting.


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Critic Reviews for Andrei Rublev

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  • You may dread being ground down by this extraordinary film, but fear not. It will bear you aloft.

    Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Tarkovsky's version of an indifferent world is inflected with the spirituality that is ever-present in his work, a sense that while we may be on our own, we are never quite alone.

    Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films.

    Mar 4, 2015 | Full Review…

    Derek Malcolm

    Top Critic
  • Tarkovsky makes his film one of the most convincing portrayals in art of an artist; he succeeds by concentrating on the man's humanity.

    Aug 26, 2013 | Full Review…

    Michael McNay

    Top Critic
  • It is not a film that needs to be processed or even understood, only experienced and wondered at.

    Aug 26, 2013 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Top Critic
  • Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tony Rayns

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Andrei Rublev

  • Apr 23, 2016
    Andrei Tarkovsky has gone down in the history of cinema as being the most important Soviet director in the second half of the twentieth century. His 1966 film "Andrei Rublev" has been considered the "most historically audacious production in the twenty-odd years since Sergei Eisenstein's 'Ivan the Terrible.'" It was intially banned by the Soviet government for being too experimental, too violent, too frightening and too political to be realeased and was repressed for five years and not officially shown in the Soviet Union until 1971. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969 but due to pressure from the Soviet Union it was shown out of competition. Many different versions of the film survive due to many producers, politicians, and distributers demanding the 205 minute original cut to be reduced. Citing the film's negativity, violence and nudity as things that should be cut. Criterion released the original 205 minute cut in the mid-1990's on laserdisc and later on DVD in 1999 advertising it as a "director's cut" despite Tarkovsky's preference for the 186 minute cut. The transfer for the laserdisc was actually sourced from a film print director Martin Scorsese had acquired while visiting Russia. Andrei Rublev was an icon painter for the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church in medieval Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church had canonized Rublev as a saint in 1988 and celebrate his feast day on January 29. Not much is really known about his life and Tarkovsky's film only uses his life and what is known to make a grander statement about goodness in a world full of evil. Rublev experiences doubt, regret, guilt throughout eight episodes in his life. The film isn't linear, nor does every vignette feature Rublev. The film takes the idea that you can understand the time period through the life of a man. Princes at odds with one another over territory and constant raids by Tatars. A very challenging film to watch and disect, but a beautifully directed film.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Andrei Rublev is an absolutely magnificent film. From the opening sequence to the end, we are treated to amazing production, wonderful imagery, masterful directing, and vigorous Russian acting that make the film a very vivid and cinematic experience. This is one of those great epics you must see because you do not want to take the chance of missing out on what you may find to be an all-time great film.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2014
    The power of Andrei Tarkovsky's work lies in its storytelling and sense of visuals, using both aspects of film, he sucks you in and you are taken on an ambitious journey. With this stunning epic, he crafts a grand portrait of Andrei Rublev, a medieval Russian painter. The film is steadily paced, slow, and it takes time for the story to unfold, but things start to pick towards the middle of the film, and there are several interesting and engaging segments, which are divided in seven parts. This film never saw a proper release when completed in the 60's, as Soviet authorities deemed it too religious and they took it upon themselves to cut plenty of the footage out of the film. I enjoyed this film, and I thoroughly enjoy big, ambitious films that are grand, take risks and are memorable. This is superb filmmaking, and I believe it is one of the finest foreign epics in cinema. Brilliantly constructed, directed, acted and shot, Andrei Rublev is a grand picture that is purely and simply, masterful filmmaking. Andrei Tarkovsky is what I would call an acquired taste, his films are a bit hard to get into, but once you do get into them, you're just so involved at what he accomplishes with his camera. I would say he was the Russian equivalent of Stanley Kubrick, because he is simply an artist, his vision and ideas and one of a kind, and though this is my second film of Tarkovsky's that I have watched, the first being Solaris, which for me is his masterwork, and a masterpiece of Science Fiction. His visionary storytelling is what makes him unique, and he tackles big, ambitious topics that are terrific entertainment for film enthusiasts that are looking for some of the finest "art" films in the cinematic medium. Tarkovsky's crafts a solid picture that has a great story, and since it's divided in parts, some viewers might find that a few segments are better than others, and that's understandable. However as a whole, this is a satisfying, and truly unique viewing experience, and we get to see a director who is at ease with such grand ideas of storytelling, and in the end, we get an experience like no other, and for true film lovers, we couldn't ask for any more.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2013
    Perhaps it was the state of the restoration but I found Rublev to be difficult to sit through for its duration.
    John B Super Reviewer

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