• Released
  • November 30, 2011
  • (NY)
  • 1 hr 51 min
  • Documentary
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90

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Tuschi has made a docu-thriller of enormous narrative flair and visual smarts. It's a perfect fit for the blend of Greek tragedy, spaghetti Western and judicial farce that defines business and politics in the New Russia.
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
With its subject still behind bars and the Russian government on the brink of reelecting Kremlin's United Russia party, the biggest triumph of Khodorkovsky is the case it makes for a sequel.
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83

The A.V. Club

It's unlikely to enflame American audiences with less of a stake in Russia's political goings-on, but works as a persuasive portrait of a politically toxic situation. As one of Khodorkovsky's advocates admits to the camera, even capitalists are entitled to human rights.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The political intrigue behind the documentary would make for a great movie of its own.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The documentary is not always fascinating, but Tuschi's ultimate thesis - that Khodorkovsky, who started out a shady businessman, ultimately emerged as a hero, willing to go to jail for his convictions - is a persuasive one. Clearly, the man is a political prisoner.
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70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
The prisoner rather eloquently portrays himself as a victim of human rights abuse.
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70

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Though the PR bit is right on, Khodorkovsky goes some way toward questioning the guilt.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Tuschi leans too far into an admiring position, and you thirst for some commonsense critique. It's all a bit rich.
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50

Slant Magazine

The director glosses over rather than digs deep into such interesting aspects as the varied opinions of the men under Khodorkovsky who've had to flee the country because of him.
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73 out of 100
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