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A biographical drama about the life of great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein), Eisenstein stars Simon McBurney as its eponymous protagonist. Beginning in 1922, when the young Eisenstein, a former Red Army engineer, became the protégé of avant-garde theatre director Meyerhold (Jonathan Hyde), the film covers Eisenstein's life, work, and political struggles through three decades, set in such disparate locales as the Ukraine and Mexico. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you're content with a clever pseudo-bio that manages to have a good time as it doles out pieces of the famous director's life, Eisenstein delivers."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Bartlett's hero remains a reactive cipher, when opening the man's head and heart is the only imaginable reason for the film to be made."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"It may not be entirely reliable in historical terms, but it offers an intriguing impression of the man, his art and his times."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Elliptical, unsatisfactory and yet oddly compelling."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Best enjoyed as a work of fiction inspired by real-life events. Those seeking a definitive account of Eisenstein's life would do better elsewhere."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's often infuriatingly glib and posturing, and yet it has been made with great evident care and manages to deliver up the man in a way to arouse further curiosity in even the most unknowing viewer."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Eisenstein lacks considerable brio for a film about one of cinema's directorial giants."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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