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The Singing Revolution Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
May 30, 2008
The thrill of this documentary is in the remarkable story of the Little Country That Could.
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
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 17, 2008
It's a powerful story of a nation that, almost literally, sang its way to freedom.
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
December 20, 2007
An emotionally and dramatically satisfying narrative.
December 19, 2007
Provides an uplifting depiction of vitally important political ends achieved via nonviolent means.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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.
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 6, 2007
One incredible tale.