100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Extraordinary film, one that, like the museum itself, captures and shows three centuries of Russian culture and history in all its beauty, confusion, terror and majesty.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
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100

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The result is a magnificent feast for the eyes and brain.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Who most of these exquisitely costumed people are I have no idea, but they brush past the camera in such rapids of jubilation it's a wonder they don't knock the thing over. I watched most of the film exhilarated, but depressed that I'm not a big Russophile.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film is a glorious experience to witness, not least because, knowing the technique and understanding how much depends on every moment, we almost hold our breath.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

Marks a cinematic milestone.
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Even in its most tedious scenes, Russian Ark is mesmerizing.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It was only with the advent of digital technology that the notion of an entire film done in a single take became possible. Mike Figgis got there first with ''Time Code,'' and now the Russian director Alexander Sokurov has brought off a comparably startling feat with Russian Ark.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A technical and visual tour-de-force.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
By turns intriguing, boring, frustrating, amazing and stirring, this is a tour de force that, necessarily, lacks dramatic force, but one that creates a dream state of seemingly limitless dimensions.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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