The Putin Interviews: Season 1 Reviews

November 15, 2018
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...
August 9, 2017
Are The Putin Interviews an instance of Stone hanging or drowning? Not that it matters  --  the series is DOA, either way.
August 3, 2017
Stone's strength when interrogating Putin on the election hacking only underscores his weakness when discussing the strongman's social policies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2017
For students of politics, there is almost as much gold in these programmes as in Putin's chapel.
June 13, 2017
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.
Top Critic
June 12, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 9, 2017
The special is solicitous, even obsequious, but sometimes revealing anyway.
June 9, 2017
However charitable one might feel about his intentions, this was a case where a few clear rules were surely in order.
June 8, 2017
In the absence of startling revelations, what's fascinating about this elaborate production is the theater of it all.
June 7, 2017
It was a match made in heaven.
June 6, 2017
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.
June 6, 2017
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.