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Moscow. 1992. Sasha Greenberg, an astrophysicist, returns to the city of his birth after 17 years of exile. Formerly reviled as a traitor, he is now welcomed back as a hero. The period of "Perestroika" (restructuring) has turned everything upside down. In the midst of all this turmoil Sasha is expected to deliver a theory about the coherence of our universe. But, what he's feeling is overwhelming chaos, and the suspicion that man is the bane of a world in peril. With all he knows about the world and the devil, is there any redemption for humanity?

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Perestroika races back and forth between the Soviet past and non-Communist present. The result is highly personal, talky, clunky and somehow engrossing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Perestroika asks, with a philosophical shrug of the shoulders: Why not try to be optimistic?"
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Too much science-babble obscures the truth of Perestroika. The tragedy of the aftermath would have made a better story unvarnished."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A nuanced and fascinating film about a Russian scientist's journey home to Moscow after living in the United States for 17 years."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"On the evidence of his new movie, Slava Tsukerman, who made the 1982 cult movie Liquid Sky, would make a brilliantly entertaining dinner guest."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The Russians have a word for it: Nyet."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Thought-provoking, if not wholly satisfying, "Perestroika" is a deconstructionist filmic stew to be savored without expectation in order to enjoy its laissez-faire reality."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The film, which opened March 20 in Los Angeles, is unwieldy, overstuffed and at times hopelessly clunky, yet it's also touchingly funny, visually arresting and somehow a consistent joy to watch."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"Has stylish visuals and a provocative, imaginative screenplay, but occasionally drags and feels convoluted with too many irritatingly awkward moments that lack an emotional core."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Alternately fascinating and boring, ultimately confusing, yet heartfelt film by a Russian expatriate about returning to the homeland after Gorbachev."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"one of the year's strangest and most compelling narratives."
‑ Jay Antani,
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