Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)
Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian) (2003)

Directed by Pavel Lounguine, Tycoon is set 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, and chronicles the rags-to-riches career of businessman Platon Makovsky (Vladimir Mashkov). Although he fervently defends the way he attained his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 29, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wants to be The Godfather, but the movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative limits its effectiveness.

Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

The movie's Citizen Kane-style narrative sometimes works against it, and a lack of coherence is often frustrating. Despite this, Tycoon does land a few punches while telling a story that is distinctly Russian.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The filmmakers would have been better off with a more direct, linear story line that might have allowed for some real character development.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Although Lounguine has a lot to say about Russia's struggle in its transition to global capitalism, his film is strangely uninvolving, lacking dramatic sweep.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

The combination of historical sweep and the need to read subtitles doesn't allow for the kind of subtle character portrayal that made the Godfather series, but Mashkov is a major force as Platon.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A criminally unimaginative gangster story based on the life of notorious high-roller billionaire entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Plato's fast-talking gamesmanship has a sly con-artist's feel in the early stretches, but as his wealth multiplies, the game turns serious and the film becomes preachy and ponderous.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The combination of arresting melodrama and eye-opening editorial commentary really works.