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The Singing Revolution Reviews

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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
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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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
December 14, 2007
This solid, straightforward film highlights an important part of modern world history, but then overstays its welcome.
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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
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
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
One incredible tale.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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 officials...radio an S.O.S. to the Estonian public -- and the People actually show up.
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
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
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 28, 2009
One of the most inspirational and powerful documentaries I've ever seen.
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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.
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 24, 2008
An intriguing, highly recommended film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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