The Student ((M)uchenik)

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As visually arresting as it is thought-provoking, The Student takes a fearlessly confrontational approach to difficult themes -- and proves richly rewarding in its execution.



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A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

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  • For most of its running time, The Student is immensely compelling, a terrifying ride between hothouse realism and dreamy metaphor.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • His social criticism can be heavy-handed, but his direction of actors (many of whom had never appeared in a movie before this one) is remarkable; Pyotr Skvortsov is terrifying in the lead.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A serious, sharply mounted drama that gets more engrossing as it moves along.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Traditional high school antics take a Russian existentialist pummelling in The Student, a compelling and unnerving satire from writer-director Kirill Serebrennikov.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • If The Student lacks the searing moral exactness of the Russian literature on which it draws, it's an often hypnotic warning against dogma's eternal allure.

    Mar 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

    Top Critic
  • The narrative starts out in the realm of unfussy realism and grows blacker, richer and more surreal.

    Mar 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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