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Battleship Potemkin Reviews

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Robert Herring
December 12, 2015
The thing that matters is that Soviet [cinema], while being propagandist, contains a use of all the different branches of film-making which is recognised and practised in no other country.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 21, 2013
The most brilliant of all Soviet silent films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
August 21, 2013
The cinema's first modernist... was the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. As his most famous work, Battleship Potemkin, from 1925, shows, his analytical, quasi-scientific methods bore the mark of both aesthetic and political upheavals.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
August 29, 2011
The director displays a vivid imagination and an artistic appreciation of motion picture values.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 29, 2011
For all Potemkin's rabble-rousing propaganda, Eisenstein's aestheticism is everywhere apparent.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 1, 2011
Potemkin is a vital viewing experience that transcends its landmark/milestone status.
Peter Bradshaw
April 28, 2011
Eisenstein's film still has a hypnotic urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 28, 2011
Don't be put off by its highbrow reputation, this is essential cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 28, 2011
Who needs Avatar in 3D when you can have this?
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
April 26, 2011
Nearly 90 years on, Eisenstein's masterpiece is still guaranteed to get the pulse racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
It is a knockout.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 12, 2011
A work of straightforward emotion and pulse-quickening tension.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 12, 2011
For a piece of propaganda, this has a lot more artfulness than you'll recall, replete with quiet moments of public mourning and a stirring flag-hoisting (dyed red on the new print, too).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
January 10, 2011
Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece is a persistently political work salvaged by its unforgettable grasp of motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
April 26, 2010
Battleship Potemkin is agitprop, but cinematically magnificent agitprop...
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
The direction of Sergei Eisenstein is original and powerful.
Josh Larsen
September 8, 2008
Eisenstein proved himself to be the first of what would become a familiar filmmaking type: the entertainer/sadist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 28, 2008
Packs so much eye-and-heart power that its abrupt ending seems to come hard on the opening rather than an hour-and-a-third later.
Emanuel Levy
October 28, 2007
Capturing a unique moment in time, Eisentsein's 1925 masterpiece is a must-see for viewers interested in film theory, history, and aesthetics, and not just because of its seminal Odessa Steps sequence, later imitated by many directors.
Full Review | Original Score: A

October 15, 2007
Startlingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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