Dovlatov Reviews

July 1, 2020
[T]hese artists of various mediums offer solace and support to each other via solidarity against the ostensibly solidarity-focused aesthetic regime of Soviet Realism.
May 24, 2019
Thankfully, German never idolises his subject, instead allowing the audience to walk alongside him, with intricate tracking shots and immersive sound design alluding to a sense of progression, whilst actually reflecting a life spiralling in circles.
February 20, 2019
A proper performance by [Milan] Maric. [Full review in Spanish]
November 30, 2018
Dovlatov takes the novel approach of dramatizing just six days in the protagonist's life. And where traditional biopics devote at least some time to the subjects' creative achievements, Dovlatov is concerned exclusively with the hero's failures.
November 26, 2018
One week is enough to go through diverse tones within an outstanding work that captures an unbreathable vital atmosphere and resuscitates the lucidity of the writer. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 30, 2018
The movie is full of fine performances, but there's a whole lot of talking and a whole lot of repetition without much of a plot.
October 26, 2018
[An] aimless period drama.
October 24, 2018
An unusually entertaining bio-drama covering six days in the life of beleaguered Russian writer Sergei Dovlatov.
October 24, 2018
According to the film, truly courageous artists aren't necessarily the ones who tackle the state head-on, but rather the ones who stay true to themselves even when no one likes what they have to say.
August 27, 2018
More a portrait of a period of increasing conservative ideologies than a justifiable biopic of a determined writer, Dovlatov proves German Jr.'s ability to present something more digestible and straightforward.
February 22, 2018
Progressing in such a way that neither its premise nor endpoint is clear, the film is simultaneously persistent on a scene-to-scene basis and yet elusive in its totality.
February 22, 2018
Evokes the pervasively banal paranoia of Leningrad under Brezhnev with a certain ease.
February 19, 2018
Maric, in his first lead role, exudes gentility with physical strength.
February 19, 2018
An evocative portrait of a stagnant era.
February 19, 2018
An imaginatively realistic recreation of a bygone era of Russian culture, when literature and art were considered matters of life and death - and when holding onto your artistic integrity could literally damage your chances of survival.