Citizen K

2019

Citizen K

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Citizen K sees documentarian Alex Gibney training his sights on post-Soviet Russia, with engrossing -- and unsettling -- results.

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Oscar (R) winning writer/director Alex Gibney's revelatory CITIZEN K is an intimate yet sweeping look at post-Soviet Russia from the perspective of the enigmatic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oligarch turned political dissident. Benefitting from the chaos that ensued after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R., Khodorkovsky was able to amass a fortune in financing and oil production and became the richest man in Russia. But when he accused the new Putin regime of corruption, Khodorkovsky was arrested, his assets were seized and following a series of show trials, he was sentenced to more than ten-years in prison. Today, as an exile living in London, he continues to speak out against Putin's two-decade stranglehold on power. Expertly researched and photographed, Gibney uses Khodorkovsky's story as a way to explore the complex interplay between oligarchy and government and its destructive effect on democracy, in Russia and beyond.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (2)

  • This is where [Alex] Gibney, gilding a history lesson and social-issue deep dive with investigative chops and weaving it all into a compelling story.

    Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Citizen K is skillfully made, with a compelling story.

    Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the film has long, engaging stretches, there is something slightly unsatisfying about the whole.

    Jan 14, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The two hours whip by, and the impression left of Khodorkovsky is of an instinctive politician who never quite lets Gibney in and of contemporary Russia as an infinitely complex ideological nut that's yet to be cracked.

    Dec 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Geoff Brown

    Times (UK)
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  • The film strays off-target at times and doesn't give the horrors of Siberia enough consideration. But it's an interesting thematic grab-bag...

    Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Beautifully chronicled, as expected from Gibney, and rich with detail, and even funny when needed.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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