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Red Army (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers.

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

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.

March 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.

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

On the surface it's the story of one particular hockey player, but it reflects so much more.

February 27, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a story of global consequences and historic proportions, and of astounding athleticism and synchronicity - and filmmaker Polsky ices it.

February 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Wittily edited and beautifully scored, "Red Army" is not just a terrific film but an important one - even if you don't give two hoots about ice hockey.

February 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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A surprisingly emotional trip through Soviet hockey history from the late 70s to the fall of the Berlin Wall with the traditionally unemotional stars of the Soviet team. Their stories are fascinating and the documentarians have a great eye and sense of topics to be raised.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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One for anyone interested in ice hockey and/or the cold war.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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½

For those interested in Soviet era hockey, this is a well deserving documentary telling the story from the perspective of the Soviet players. Although it lacks in any serious challenge or criticism, it is still quite informative and enjoyable.

Christian C
Christian C

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