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Monica Castillo
Paste Magazine
June 14, 2013
The result is more PBS NewsHour than HBO special.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 8, 2013
Reveals little more than the order of events, which have already been succinctly detailed in forms that take considerably less than 86 minutes to process.
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Jordan Hoffman
January 30, 2013
[a] very "60 Minutes" vibe
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 4, 2013
A missed opportunity to use an isolated event to explore wider issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
June 28, 2013
There's nothing probing or problematic about the film itself.
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
June 10, 2013
This doc is an answer only to the band's prayers for never-ending publicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
June 6, 2013
"Pussy Riot" presents as full a portrait as we've seen of the three balaclava-wearing young women.
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
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Mike Hale
New York Times
June 10, 2013
The filmmakers... add a crucial humanizing element, by focusing on the women's conflicted but supportive parents
Catherine Shoard
June 13, 2013
By the end, they are speaking with enormous precision and passion, an intellectual rigour miles superior to the work that landed them in trouble in the first place.
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.
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
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
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.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 4, 2013
[A] riveting documentary ...
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.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
A rough DIY style doesn't obscure the significance of this very timely documentary.
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-
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