Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)
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Oligarkh (Tycoon) (Tycoon: A New Russian)
Political intrigue and total corruption within the so-called democratic Russia are brought to the forefront in Pavel Lungin's Tycoon. Beginning as an investigation into the assassination of one of the richest men in Russia, the story flashes back to late-'80s Russia, just after Perestroika has broken up the Soviet Union. Five intelligent Russian students -- including one Platon Makovski (Vladimir Mashkov) -- abandon their academic careers in exchange for diving into the newly developing private business sector. As the rules for business in Russia are barely in place, the five new… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"A meaty, well-crafted thriller that absorbs and disturbs you from first frame to last."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The filmmakers would have been better off with a more direct, linear story line that might have allowed for some real character development."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Wants to be a Russian version of 'Citizen Kane,' but it's more like 'Mr. Arkadin'...a film of modest accomplishment and equally modest interest."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"What's fascinating is that, even in the absence of sympathetic characters, Tycoon sucks you into a world of power where politics and business are the same thing."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A criminally unimaginative gangster story based on the life of notorious high-roller billionaire entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's worth watching to see Plato grow into his power."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"structured like "Citizen Kane" but never gets into the heart and mind of its protagonist"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The movie is handicapped by a jittery editing style that prevents us from getting involved in the flow of the narrative."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The combination of arresting melodrama and eye-opening editorial commentary really works."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Taking cues from Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America and GoodFellas, this Russian mob film is, frankly, not tall enough to get on the ride with the big boys."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Overlong, underfed, and obsessed with making a point with its style and the none-too-subtle comparison of Welles' newspaper baron to Russia's broom baron."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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