Perestroika (2009)

Liquid Sky director Slava Tsukerman examines the Jewish emigration from the USSR in the 1970s through the tale of an astrophysicist who returns to Moscow in 1992 after having fled to the U.S. 17 years prior. Back in 1975, Sasha Greenberg… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Perestroika races back and forth between the Soviet past and non-Communist present. The result is highly personal, talky, clunky and somehow engrossing.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Perestroika asks, with a philosophical shrug of the shoulders: Why not try to be optimistic?

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Too much science-babble obscures the truth of Perestroika. The tragedy of the aftermath would have made a better story unvarnished.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

On the evidence of his new movie, Slava Tsukerman, who made the 1982 cult movie Liquid Sky, would make a brilliantly entertaining dinner guest.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

The Russians have a word for it: Nyet.

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Andrew Barker

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.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Alternately fascinating and boring, ultimately confusing, yet heartfelt film by a Russian expatriate about returning to the homeland after Gorbachev.

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In 1992, Sasha Greenberg(Sam Robards), a cosmologist, returns to Moscow after living 17 years in exile with more than his share of baggage, along with… More