The Rider Named Death
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A small band of radicals takes on a dangerous game of political assassination in this historical drama, based on a novel by Boris Savinkov. Near the dawn of the 20th century, with the Russian Revolution lurking on the horizon, George (Andrei Panin) is the steely leader of a group of socialists determined to bring down the Russian monarchy through any means necessary -- including violence. Working alongside George are Erna (Kseniya Rappoport), who makes bombs and has fallen deeply in love with George; Fydor (Rostislav Bershauer), a peasant who loathes the social and economic inequality of… 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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