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AV Club
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 24, 2012
Often fascinating and provocative.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.9/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2012
This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive.
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February 22, 2012
What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 20, 2012
There are complex machinations at work here - but there's always a sense of the surface being skimmed in favour of telling Drokova's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 20, 2012
In the end, the viewer sees that life in Russia is a complicated morass of political dogma and tough ethical choices. Not completely unlike the USA.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 19, 2012
Offers a sobering portrait of the world's troubled resurgent largest country, in particular of its pliable rising generation that has come up after the fall of Communism.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 17, 2012
"Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 16, 2012
A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 16, 2012
Documentarian Lise Birk Pedersen affords an informative and intriguing look into Russian society via the fresh face of Vladimir Putin's propaganda youth brigade NASHI ("OURS").
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
February 16, 2012
While it comes across as simplistic, it's also achingly wistful about political awakenings being just a matter of talking to and finding empathy for the other side.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
February 12, 2012
An eye opening expose' not to missed, which reveals a 'New Russia' that looks a lot like the 'Old Russia.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
February 14, 2012
Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...
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David Fear
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2012
Reduces its complex portrait of contemporary Russia and its para-governmental organizations to a simple morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
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