Red Army Reviews

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January 9, 2020
I'm not much of a sportsman, much less a hockey fan, but this meticulously crafted documentary is a knockout.
August 7, 2019
Takes a strong subject and renders it toothless and forgettable.
April 8, 2019
Red Army ultimately fails to deliver anything other than a superficial account of the USSR's sporting history and the role of sport in the Soviet Union.
March 19, 2019
Red Army is most stirring when it examines the painful inner-struggle of these men who left behind a country and government that took a heavy toll on their lives, but who could also never abandon their innate sense of nationalistic pride.
January 23, 2019
What makes "Red Army" so interesting is how it also works as a statement on what it was like from the Soviet perspective during the Cold War era.
August 22, 2018
The story loses some of its grip after Glasnost and the eventual move of many of the top Russian players to the big money ranks of the NHL, but Fetisov is a fascinating, complex character, a real Russian soul.
May 16, 2018
Red Army is about more than just hockey. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky is the American son of Russian immigrants. And without belaboring it, he transforms a sports saga into a novelistic metaphor for the promise and failure of the whole Soviet system.
November 18, 2017
It's topical journalism for its own sake, a narrative waiting for someone to report it again...
October 17, 2017
Red Army is a fascinating window into Russian politics, and while it has its dramatic moments it's just as often funny.
August 1, 2017
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.
February 25, 2016
There's a lesson here for fans of any contemporary sport and an absolutely thrilling tale, impeccably assembled besides. Sporting glory awaits, even for those viewers who couldn't tell a jockstrap from a jellybean.
January 1, 2016
Part of the interest in watching Red Army is in gauging the fluctuating relationship between Polsky and his chief subject: Fetisov can be distinctly laconic, appearing to give up his time and memories rather reluctantly.
December 31, 2015
Red Army keeps a light tone even when dealing with serious issues, and is chock-full of great stock footage.
December 29, 2015
It is fascinating viewing and this unfolds so much like a feature film it's remarkable the movie rights haven't already been snapped up. Someone call Stallone.
December 7, 2015
Through a vivid collection of clips and interviews, this enlightening, rousing documentary shows us how these proud but cautious athletes have a complex love-hate relationship with the place they call home.
October 25, 2015
What's really fascinating is the way the story evolves, with director Gabe Polsky following the story post-glasnost as the Russian players became viable commodities in the big-money National Hockey League.
October 11, 2015
A fascinating film, funny and at times properly moving.
October 11, 2015
Polsky's documentary is nominally about ice hockey, but culture and politics provide the driving force as the Russians go head to head with the Americans in a battle of ideology, economics and art.
October 10, 2015
Whether you enjoy sports or not you'll be entertained and enlightened by Polsky's tale of the cold war played out on the ice rink.
October 8, 2015
The interviews are as entertaining as the slick interplay on the ice.
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