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

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Philadelphia Inquirer
December 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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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+
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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
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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
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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
June 13, 2003
The sheer moral ambivalence and physical exuberance of the spectacle makes it worth seeing, if only for a glimpse at a once-feared society engulfed by chaos.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 13, 2003
Before long, you lose track of who is who and who is doing what to whom.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
Mashkov's riveting performance and Lounguine's classic pacing make it worth the effort.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
June 12, 2003
Tycoon is as seductive and audacious as its protagonist, whose outrageous manipulations encapsulate the chaos and corruption of Russia's neophyte capitalist economy.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 12, 2003
Despite its messiness, Tycoon is a movie wired to the moment. Like certain Spike Lee films, it is a cinematic newspaper whose alarming headlines cry out not to be ignored.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 10, 2003
Crass, unimaginative, corner-cutting, and simplistic, with the visual vocabulary of daytime soap.