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Astrophysicist Sasha Greenberg returns to Moscow after immigrating to the US seventeen years earlier. Formerly branded a traitor by the government, he is now seen as a hero. The period of "Perestroika" (The Restructuring) has turned everything upside down. In the midst of all this turmoil Sasha is expected to deliver a lecture on a theory that makes sense of our universe. His wily but supportive mentor, Gross counsels Sasha to continue along his path, to ride out his personal and professional problems in search of a brighter future.

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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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