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The Singing Revolution Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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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
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
December 20, 2007
An emotionally and dramatically satisfying narrative.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2007
Provides an uplifting depiction of vitally important political ends achieved via nonviolent means.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
December 14, 2007
The first feature doc by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty is a formulaic affair (plenty of talking heads and archival footage), but its story is an uplifting one befitting the holiday spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 14, 2007
Directors James and Maureen Tusty acknowledge that few outsiders care much about this tiny Baltic nation. And then, through a mix of moving interviews and affecting footage, they show us why we should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
December 14, 2007
Can singing change history? The Singing Revolution, a documentary by James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty about Estonia's struggle to end Soviet occupation, shows that it already has.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 13, 2007
A wonderful exploration of that still little-understood period, from the mid-1980s through 1991, when the empire of Soviet communism rapidly collapsed.
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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.
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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
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
December 6, 2007
One incredible tale.