The Putin Interviews: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Putin Interviews

Critics Consensus

The Putin Interviews, conducted and shot in Oliver Stone's famously suspenseful style, may prove to be the most revealing look into opaque Russian President that viewers can hope to get -- although many may feel that the controversial world figure is given too much leeway during these conversations.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 79
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Episodes

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Air date: Jun 12, 2017
2
Air date: Jun 13, 2017
3
Air date: Jun 14, 2017
4
Air date: Jun 15, 2017

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Critic Reviews for The Putin Interviews Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

The special is solicitous, even obsequious, but sometimes revealing anyway.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

As journalism, this is scattershot at best, but as a conversation that covers a vast span of Russian history, culture, and politics as refracted through the mind of Russia's president -- it's often remarkable.

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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It's not every interview-driven documentary that's a pleasure to look at, but The Putin Interviews is much more visually dynamic than either of its on-camera subjects.

Jun 6, 2017 | Full Review…

It was a match made in heaven.

Jun 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Stone's strength when interrogating Putin on the election hacking only underscores his weakness when discussing the strongman's social policies.

Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For students of politics, there is almost as much gold in these programmes as in Putin's chapel.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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In the absence of startling revelations, what's fascinating about this elaborate production is the theater of it all.

Jun 8, 2017 | Full Review…

However charitable one might feel about his intentions, this was a case where a few clear rules were surely in order.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's riveting in how dangerous and intimate it feels, leveraging its multiple camera-angles and hand-held shots to make the viewer feel as if they, too, are in the room with Vladimir Putin.

Jun 6, 2017 | Full Review…
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Are The Putin Interviews an instance of Stone hanging or drowning? Not that it matters  --  the series is DOA, either way.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The conversations are conducted via a Russian translator, and you have to be in the mood to read a lot of subtitles to engage with Putin and Stone's policy discussions, but that small effort is well worth it.

Jun 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Over time the value of The Putin Interviews will probably rise: they are an exceptional document of a world-changing leader speaking at great length. But at this moment they are drained of immediate impact by virtue of being overtaken by events...

Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Putin Interviews: Season 1

  • Jun 28, 2017
    I watched these interviews not because I wanted to see Stone confronting Putin on controversial issues. I have read enough on those on western media. I watched this series to learn more about Putin the man. To that end, it was a rewarding experience. He came across as truly intelligent and knowledgeable. Did it change my mind on the authoritarian nature of the Russian state? Not that much. What it did was giving me a pair of glasses to understand how Putin reasoned and saw things, taken at face value, of course. I wonder if Stone would try to do "The Xi Interviews" next. That will be fun!
  • Jun 19, 2017
    a never before seen take on a man dubbed most powerful in the world by some american magazine no one probably ever heard of (time or something) ... they didnt mention their own president, they mentioned putin and das mädchen ... so ... the title "commander in chief" is a title, right? barring that its like the most open take EVER on the man, i must commend mister Stone (its stone right?) for his bravado in talking to a man that must have an aura like strawhat luffy haki in real life so openly ... i particularly like the one single scene where he is driving his own car ... escorted ofcourse, he's like russia ichiban but he's behind the wheel, he doesnt have a driver, and hes like casually responding without flinching or thinking on what to say, its been eye-opening and most refreshing really, we agree on at least one thing : america caused al qaeda and is , as for the homos ... well its 2017, i dont really care where men poke their dick as long as they dont poke it at me but mwell ... diffferent places need different strategies right, its a bit older than this belgium here or the states for that matter
  • Jun 19, 2017
    A truly remarkable film. Oliver Stone gave his all to this magnificent piece of work. Extraordinary. I plan to watch this movie at least 3 more times within the next few months. Putin is a world leader we cannot afford to ignore. It would be extremely negligent for any elected official not to watch and listen carefully to each question and how it is answered. I viewed this film on my laptop so I could have the screen close enough to my face that I could watch Putin's expressions and body language. I want to scream out FASCINATING. Stone was able to cultivate a very intimate portrait of Putin. Putin is the son of Russia. I believe Putin wants his legacy to be that he brought Russian back, made her viable and served the people well. I believe this desire is more important to him that acquiring wealth and more wealth. I believe he is a man of character and a very strong belief system that remains steadfast. With that said, I would not want to be on his bad side. Just sayin.
  • Jun 18, 2017
    Fascinating. A must watch.
  • Jun 18, 2017
    Most folks would want to watch it for the hacking of the election or some never-before revelation. If you are, then just watch Part IV (and spoiler alert: there aren't any). I dont disagree that Oliver Stone seems to have lost his edge throughout the years (some of the retorts from Stone are just flat out silly & at times obsequious) but this is the one glimpse of Putin, a principled man, with a thorough understanding of the past & how he wants to take it to the future. Do watch it. Putin IS a fascinating leader.
  • Jun 13, 2017
    Way too friendly with this Fascist thug.

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