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The Singing Revolution Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 28, 2009
One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.
Keith Breese
January 23, 2009
a film that joyfully celebrates the power of the human spirit in all its glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 8, 2008
Fortunately, the interview subjects (who include festival performers and current and former Estonian leaders) are very intelligent and well-spoken. Their stories are what really holds out interest here.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 1, 2008
If The Singing Revolution were a fictional film it would be dismissed as a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. But it's all true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 17, 2008
Folk songs can be plenty inspirational, but like this movie, they just aren't all that exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 11, 2008
'Nonstop Estonian folk music' might not be a great format for a radio station, but it sure works for The Singing Revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 11, 2008
Although filmmakers James and Maureen Castle Tusty haven't figured out how to make historic tidbits come alive, they do know how to make them sing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 7, 2008
Effectively chronicles in a thumbnail sketch the blustery recent political 20th-century history of Estonia.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
July 3, 2008
Full of the kind of collective passion and struggle and yearning for freedom that makes viewers well up with pride at their shared humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 1, 2008
Booster-ish, with only former participants in the struggle and activists interviewed. There's a you-must-feel-good thrust (and an incessant score). Warbles a familiar tune to Estonians, presumably, and doesn't offer enough rich notes for an outsider.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2008
This fine and surprising documentary asks an even more challenging question: Can music promote nonviolence, prevent bloodshed and successfully overthrow an oppressive regime? Again -- astonishingly -- the answer is 'yes.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 30, 2008
The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
May 22, 2008
As far as the plot goes, widespread lack of familiarity with Estonia's recent history actually works in the film's favor: Suspense born of ignorance lends the unfolding drama the urgency of a political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 25, 2008
The Singing Revolution is the sort of film that should be shown to North American school children or anyone else who takes his freedom for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2008
Patience may not the most exciting movie subject, but The Singing Revolution is, in its deceptively mild way, inspiring.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 24, 2008
An intriguing, highly recommended film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 17, 2008
It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 4, 2008
What makes the film unique is its intermittent focus on one of the country's cultural touchstones: a song festival called Laulupidu, and its role in bringing freedom to a repressed but restless people after a half-century.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2008
The Singing Revolution becomes a tense political thriller that culminates in one of the most significant events of past century: The collapse of the Soviet Union.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
Though slightly overstated, the part played by singing was no doubt significant. Its implied role in keeping the Estonian revolution nonviolent is especially stirring.
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