Russian Ark
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russian Ark. It's the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take (on digital video, using a specially designed disc instead of tape). Russian Ark is shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator, as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history. The audience sees through his eyes as he witnesses Peter the Great (Maksim Sergeyev) abusing one of his generals; Catherine the Great (Maria Kuznetsova) desperately searching for a bathroom; and, in the… More
Directed By
© Wellspring Media

Available Online

Buy & Rent
Stream Now
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Might well be the first real masterpiece of the 21st Century."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Despite an undeniable attraction to the majestic, Aleksandr Sokurov seems equally adverse to straightforward spectacle, approaching potentially colossal subjects from odd, specific angles."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"A film geek's dream movie. 90 minutes, one take."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"It's a rich, complex, and mystery-filled journey through Russian art and history."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This is as immersive-and as Shining-level spooky-as history gets."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"A marvel of a film that makes the Hermitage its star."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's worth noting that the footage was manipulated ... in post-production, but this unbroken take still functions as a documentary record of an exceptional logistical feat."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"What is shown is ultimately less captivating than the manner in which it is shown."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An audacious and insane experiment, a triumphant film."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time."
‑ Aaron Cutler, Village Voice
"This is a stunning film, a one-of-a-kind tour de force."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"[Characterizes] history as a large rush of information so huge, alive, and easy to get lost in that it would feel a shame if there existed nothing to give us a conduit to it."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Its technical bravura is impossible to deny. Even those whose knowledge of Russian history stems mainly from Sympathy For The Devil lyrics will find much to savor here."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Tras 12 minutos de escena de baile y orquesta, uno empieza a desear que los bolcheviques irrumpan en el palacio de una buena vez y empiecen a rodar cabezas."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
More reviews for Russian Ark on Rotten Tomatoes