Putin's Kiss
Putin's Kiss (2012)

Putin's Kiss portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, a 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. Extremely ambitious, the young Masha quickly rises to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2012
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Often fascinating and provocative.

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John Powers

What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works.

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Alison Willmore
AV Club

While it comes across as simplistic, it's also achingly wistful about political awakenings being just a matter of talking to and finding empathy for the other side.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

There are complex machinations at work here - but there's always a sense of the surface being skimmed in favour of telling Drokova's story.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

"Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.

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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice

Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment...

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

In the end, the viewer sees that life in Russia is a complicated morass of political dogma and tough ethical choices. Not completely unlike the USA.

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