• Released
  • February 24, 2012
  • (NY)
  • NR , 1 hr 55 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
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85

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The hipster moment may have faded fast through repression and attrition, but in Todorovsky's reading, it was crucially formative on today's Russian youth.
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80

Los Angeles Times

The spirited young cast includes the luminous Oksana Akinshina, best known for her title role in Lukas Moodysson's devastating "Lilya 4-Ever," who still lights up the screen like few actresses in the world.
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Hipsters is also kind of amazing, thanks to headlong enthusiasm and an endearing obliviousness to just how ghastly the whole thing keeps threatening to become.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Diego Costa
An over-the-top Russian musical about hipsters set in 1950s Moscow, where getting a non-pastel-colored tie is a mafia-mediated operation and a saxophone is considered a concealed weapon? Yes, please.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
When it comes time for a Hollywood remake, Depp would make a great Mels.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Who knows if anything remotely resembling the culture of Hipsters really existed? It's a musical, after all. In any case this movie, which won the 2009 Nika (the Russian Oscar) for best picture, is an endearing curiosity that, at 125 minutes, is as badly in need of a trim as the hair of its comically coiffed dandies.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Hipsters is also a musical (in an intentionally naive "Absolute Beginners" vein), and while everything looks glinty and gorgeous, the story's political edge is dulled by excessive levity.
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60

L.A. Weekly

Punch-drunk, decadently designed slice of eye candy.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The first Russian musical in more than 50 years, Hipsters is appreciated best as a curiosity.
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50

Variety

By Leslie Felperin
Although a massive hit at home, taking approximately $16 million at the wickets, this great-looking but tonally uneven pic won't jive with audiences quite so well anywhere else.
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67 out of 100
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