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

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 2, 2004
The filmmakers would have been better off with a more direct, linear story line that might have allowed for some real character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 30, 2004
A criminally unimaginative gangster story based on the life of notorious high-roller billionaire entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 6, 2004
The combination of arresting melodrama and eye-opening editorial commentary really works.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 11, 2003
Wants to be a Russian version of 'Citizen Kane,' but it's more like 'Mr. Arkadin'...a film of modest accomplishment and equally modest interest.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 7, 2003
It's worth watching to see Plato grow into his power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 6, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 29, 2003
Taking cues from Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America and GoodFellas, this Russian mob film is, frankly, not tall enough to get on the ride with the big boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 12, 2003
The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 11, 2003
A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 5, 2003
What's fascinating is that, even in the absence of sympathetic characters, Tycoon sucks you into a world of power where politics and business are the same thing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 5, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 4, 2003
Plato's fast-talking gamesmanship has a sly con-artist's feel in the early stretches, but as his wealth multiplies, the game turns serious and the film becomes preachy and ponderous.
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Damon Smith
Boston Globe
August 22, 2003
An uneven political thriller that suffers mostly from a highly convoluted story line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 20, 2003
structured like "Citizen Kane" but never gets into the heart and mind of its protagonist
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2003
Evokes a melancholy awareness of the seemingly eternal exploitation and impoverishment of the Russian people.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 7, 2003
Chilly and convoluted, too eventful to be boring, but never taking the time to immerse us emotionally in Makovski's world.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 25, 2003
Manages to be convoluted, complicated, incomprehensible and maddeningly thin all at the same time.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2003
Like all good gangster sagas, Tycoon succeeds because it pays attention to both the epic sweep of history and small details of individual lives.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 19, 2003
Overlong, underfed, and obsessed with making a point with its style and the none-too-subtle comparison of Welles' newspaper baron to Russia's broom baron.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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