Russian Ark
Russian Ark (2002)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 13, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As successful as it is ambitious, Russian Ark condenses three centuries of Russian history into a single, uninterrupted, 87-minute take.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Part pageant and museum tour, part theme-park ride and historical meditation.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Might well be the first real masterpiece of the 21st Century.

Angie Fox
FILMINK (Australia)

Russian Ark is an astounding technical feat that must be seen to be believed.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

This is as immersive-and as Shining-level spooky-as history gets.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A marvel of a film that makes the Hermitage its star.

Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

Despite an undeniable attraction to the majestic, Aleksandr Sokurov seems equally adverse to straightforward spectacle, approaching potentially colossal subjects from odd, specific angles.

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Aaron Cutler
Village Voice

The movie's smooth voyage comes to seem like a dream play, suspended painlessly in time.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

This is a stunning film, a one-of-a-kind tour de force.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Russian Ark should be remembered not only as a breathtaking logistic accomplishment that knocked me off my chair with its stunning single take using a Steadicam… More
Jeremy Smith
One of the most extraordinary films I have ever seen. Shot I one breath as they say with 2,000 actors, 3 orchestras, 300 years of Russian History.
Greg S
A never-seen ghostlike figure wanders through the Hermitage Museum (previously home to the Czars) in St. Petersburg, watching re-enactments of Russian history… More
Curtis Lilly
Neat idea...the whole continuous shot thing, but it failed to keep my attention
Kevin M. Williams
The ark here is the famous Hermitage of St.Petersburg, mysteriously afloat on the sea of time and of Russian history. The camera glidingly takes us through the… More
William Sleet
A truly astonishing piece of cinerama that can only ever be described in over-enthusiastic superlatives and even then I would fear of doing it a disservice.… More