The Rider Named Death
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In the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was shocked by a series of cold-blooded murders. These killings were carried out by the "fighting organization," a socialist revolutionary group that directed acts of terrorism against various high officials of the state in different cities. The group is headed by George, and includes bomb maker Erne, who is devoted to him, and bomb throwers Vanya, Henry and Fyodor. As they try to achieve their main objective -- the murder of Grand Duke Sergey Aleksandrovich -- the story reveals their feelings and aspirations. They are terrorists for a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exquisite, self-contained curio."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"You have to wonder why Shakhnazarov, one of Russian's most experienced filmmakers, didn't take more care with the script."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Could have been livelier and more suspenseful given the subject matter, but it remains effectively made throughout."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"... a colorful, bustling recreation of 1906 Moscow and an unexpectedly uneasy view of this people's revolution."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Political film short on politics"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Shakhnazarov's film effortlessly captures the times and the author's conflicted yet unyielding attitude, yet it never draws any conclusions -- the film remains under glass. It's watchable, nevertheless."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"There are few real revelations to be found among these curiously dispassionate radicals, making the overall experience sort of like seeing the movie, instead of reading the book."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"It's worth a look; maybe there's more to Georges's blank slate than can be gleaned on one viewing, and the beginning and end of the film are worth the price of admission."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"This is one of the rare films where you can not only see, but feel the sweat."
‑ Kent Turner,
"The force of the film is not as profound as Shakhnazarov clearly intended, and The Rider Named Death is easier to respect than enjoy."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"If you like your antiheroes tall, pale and existential, you won't do better than Georges, the anti-czarist assassin at the heart of Karen Shakhnazarov's historical drama Rider Named Death."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"The film gives viewers a rare glimpse of prerevolutionary Moscow. And be happy that it's only a glimpse."
‑ , E! Online
"Think of it as a dark, suspenseful scenario penned by Joseph Conrad and designed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Renoir, and jump right in."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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