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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
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.
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 7, 2007
The Singing Revolution might ignite history buffs, but for musicphiles, it's unfortunately a one-note symphony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 14, 2007
This solid, straightforward film highlights an important part of modern world history, but then overstays its welcome.
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
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.
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
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
December 13, 2007
Singing Revolution eloquently illustrates that, once granted, even a smidgen of freedom can transform into an unstoppable weapon against oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 13, 2007
Though it proposes to discuss how music made all the difference in Estonia's fight for independence, The Singing Revolution is actually more focused on the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing that helped determine the end of Russian influence.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 25, 2007
This is a powerful and emotional account of 71 years of the history of Estonia and especially how the Estonian spirit freed the country from the leash of the Soviet Union. The film combines beautiful choral music with the dramatic sto
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
December 6, 2007
One incredible tale.
December 11, 2007
One incredible tale: As independence gains a foothold, a crowd of USSR-loyal reactionaries storms the capitol building in Tallinn. The trapped an S.O.S. to the Estonian public -- and the People actually show up.
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
July 7, 2008
Effectively chronicles in a thumbnail sketch the blustery recent political 20th-century history of Estonia.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 28, 2009
One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.
April 17, 2008
It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.
April 24, 2008
An intriguing, highly recommended film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 30, 2008
The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.
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