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Pussy Riot- - A Punk Prayer Reviews

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
February 20, 2014
If you think you know about this feminist punk group from the media coverage of their trial, and Madonna's flashes of solidarity, that's not the half of it.
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
February 19, 2014
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is a solid but unfortunately slight look at some of culture's most fascinating provocateurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Knight
National Post
February 13, 2014
A Punk Prayer provides a useful bit of backstory, including the liberal, post-Soviet upbringing of jailed Rioters Nadia, Masha and Katia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Katherine Monk
February 13, 2014
This feels like a ride-along for a moment in history more than any formal analysis, which is the right way to approach a story that continues to evolve, and shows no signs of drawing to any satisfying close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephanie MacLellan
Toronto Star
February 13, 2014
If you're still getting up to speed on how these Russian balaclava-clad feminists became an international cause célèbre, filmmakers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin offer an entertaining primer ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2013
Sharply highlight[s] the dilemma post-Soviet Russia faces today regarding tolerance of views that go against the orthodoxy. By the end you really do feel like calling Russia and saying "come on, grow up."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gerald Peary
Arts Fuse
September 25, 2013
The absorbing day-by-day of the Pussy Riot trial, and an intimate meeting with three Pussy Riot women unmasked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 stars
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
August 19, 2013
Getting at the depth of these issues whilst keeping the film engaging is not an easy task, but it's impressively managed here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Shoard
Observer (UK)
July 7, 2013
Smart and modulated, with attention given to the broader cultural background, and a platform offered to the rioters' detractors.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
July 5, 2013
Documentaries, like thrillers, need charismatic leads. And a twist. This smart British project delivers on both fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 4, 2013
[A] riveting documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
July 4, 2013
Naive they may be, but they have courage - certainly compared to the swaggering, hatchet-faced male bullies ranged against them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
July 4, 2013
A thoroughly engaging and enlightening documentary, which gets up-close-and-personal with the three female Pussy Riot members that were sent to jail for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
July 3, 2013
While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story's wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 1, 2013
Not the most talented rockers, but certainly the most courageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
House Next Door
June 22, 2013
The film benefits greatly from the young feminists' understanding of political theater.
Brent Simon
June 21, 2013
Interesting throughout, and marked by a certain grungy-chic quality, but also seems like a bit of a missed opportunity, insofar as its lack of expansion to story's international component.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stephen Silver
June 20, 2013
An intriguing look at a Russia in transition, and not quite for the better
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
June 13, 2013
Spotlights the subversive Russian punk rock protest performance artists, who these women are and where they came from. And the connection of all of this to anti-capitalism, the chaos of the post-Soviet market economy, and Soviet era vanguard feminism.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 13, 2013
With its fast pace and its enviable access to the key players, it has a light on-its-feet quality reminiscent of news journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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