Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian) (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Wants to be The Godfather, but the movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative limits its effectiveness.

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Directed by Pavel Lounguine, Tycoon is set 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and chronicles the rags-to-riches career of businessman Platon Makovsky (Vladimir Mashkov). Although he fervently defends the way he attained his intimidating personal fortune, the government claims he has been practicing unfair "oligarchic" business transactions. This film also features Mariya Mironova, Alexander Baluev, Levani Outchaneichvili, and Maret Basharov.

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Critic Reviews for Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)

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The movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative sometimes works against it, and a lack of coherence is often frustrating. Despite this, Tycoon does land a few punches while telling a story that is distinctly Russian.

Nov 6, 2003 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Although Lounguine has a lot to say about Russia's struggle in its transition to global capitalism, his film is strangely uninvolving, lacking dramatic sweep.

Sep 26, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative.

Sep 12, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.

Sep 11, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4

The combination of historical sweep and the need to read subtitles doesn't allow for the kind of subtle character portrayal that made the Godfather series, but Mashkov is a major force as Platon.

Sep 5, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An uneven political thriller that suffers mostly from a highly convoluted story line.

Aug 22, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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