Red Army

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Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.



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From Oscar (R) nominated and Emmy award-winning filmmakers, RED ARMY is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union. RED ARMY is an inspiring story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians. (C) Sony Classics

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  • By focusing less on his characters and more on a supposed dark side of Russian hockey, Polsky's film is less documentary than it is didacticism.

    Aug 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Who knew that a documentary on the Soviet Union's Red Army ice hockey team would be so gripping and provide a perfect microcosm of the stages of the Cold War, Perestroika and Putin's reign?

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • A fascinating and touching tale.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • It's a mark of Polsky's ambition and canniness that he braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Polsky keeps things lively, both visually and with his editing. But the sometimes-lighthearted approach never undermines the serious business at hand.

    Mar 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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