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The Singing Revolution Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.

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March 28, 2009
Keith Breese

a film that joyfully celebrates the power of the human spirit in all its glory.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: B

October 18, 2008
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B+

October 18, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2008
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

If The Singing Revolution were a fictional film it would be dismissed as a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. But it's all true.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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'Nonstop Estonian folk music' might not be a great format for a radio station, but it sure works for The Singing Revolution.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Effectively chronicles in a thumbnail sketch the blustery recent political 20th-century history of Estonia.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 7, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 3, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 20, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.

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May 30, 2008
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2008
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2008
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

An intriguing, highly recommended film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

April 24, 2008
Desson Thomson
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

April 17, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A-

April 3, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Though slightly overstated, the part played by singing was no doubt significant. Its implied role in keeping the Estonian revolution nonviolent is especially stirring.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

April 3, 2008
Joe Leydon
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An emotionally and dramatically satisfying narrative.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 20, 2007

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