Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case)
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Bunt. Delo Litvinenko (Poisoned by Polonium: The Litvinenko File) (Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case)
The filmmaker who had total access to deceased Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko makes the inflammatory claim that Russia has fallen under the control of the Federal Security Service (FSS) -- a natural successor to the KGB -- in this documentary designed explicitly to indict the actions of Russian president Vladimir Putin. From claiming that free speech in contemporary Russia is being silenced by the government to implicating the FSS in the 1999 apartment-complex bombing attributed to Chechen terrorists, director Andrei Nekrasov pulls no punches in tracing corruption within the Russian… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... no crackerjack action flick but rather a dizzying, unfocused and, frankly, dull assemblage of revelations and denials."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A film that does an injustice to the whole chaotic situation in Eastern Europe by making it seem not just impossible, but impenetrable."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The geo-political and historical value of what the interviews expose is, perhaps, more important in the end than telling the tale like a thriller"
‑ Jules Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Who needs paranoid thrillers when we have Russia's deathless gift for autocracy as plot material?"
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This is a film that seems to require a more straightforward thriller approach. Still, it's to Nekrasov's credit that he doesn't want his friend to have died in vain."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Has the makings of a slam-dunk documentary."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film, instead of confining itself to who Litvinenko was and how he came to be killed, wanders off into too many tangents and mentions too many cases. The epic corruption of today's Russia is far too widespread to fit into a single film."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Although a first-rate investigative documentary on its own, Andrei Nekrasov's Poisoned by Polonium also serves as a sequel to 2004's Disbelief."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Spreading its net too wide, this documentary lacks the smallest counterbalance, so one is not allowed a roundly informed decision. ."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews