The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239)
The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (PU-239) (2006)

First-time writer/director Scott Burns spins this suspenseful yarn about a nuclear technician (Paddy Considine) who has a curious encounter with a notoriously violent Russian gangster (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). Radha Mitchell co-stars in the film,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Eddie Cockrell
Variety

Imagine anticipating a Ken Loach film and being shown a Guy Ritchie movie.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It's a quirky mix of incompetent bureaucrats and small time gangsters trying to carve a life in the new Russia.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A surprisingly funny tale of a man dying from radiation poisoning.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Solidly made, timely and spotlighting a fine performance by Paddy Considine.

Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine

This sad but intriguing premise wanes in a mish-mash of attempted Russian accents and clumsy storytelling.

Matt McKillop
Filmcritic.com

a minor-key drama

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Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY

The film is undone by sloppy plotting, over-deliberate writing and a few terrible ebbs in tone.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
To me a really good movie, maybe beacuse of the number of times I have been to Russia and seen the conditions people live in over there. Great story, feel that… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"PU-239" is the radioactive isotope of plutonium that Timofey(Paddy Considine) is trying to sell in the black market of Moscow,… More

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