Andrei Rublev
Andrei Rublev (1973)

In this film, set in the 15th century, Anatoly Solonitsin plays the title character, a legendary icon painter/political activist. Rublev gives up his work entirely after being forced to kill a man. However, he eventually comes to terms with… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1973
DVD Release Date: February 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tony Rayns
Time Out

Rublev was a minor icon-painter of the early 1400s. Tarkovsky re-imagines him as a Christ-like cypher for the sufferings of a divided Russia under the Tartar invaders.

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John Bleasdale

It is one of the most profound and moving experiences that cinema has ever conveyed.

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Fernando F. Croce

Tarkovsky merges dour meditation with barnburner technique in this overwhelming parable

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Since there always seems to be more going on in the head of the film's director than in the head of the man playing Andrei, the system did not work for me.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If cinephilia has a literal holy text, to be referred to and examined in times of joy and stress and sorrow, it is this.

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Devoid of conventional genre traits and cinematic formula, Andrei Rublev is deeply unsettling -- and absolutely unmissable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Stuns with the sort of unexpected poetic explosions we've come to expect from Tarkovsky.

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Derek Malcolm

You can object to [Tarkovsky's] vision as messianic and sometimes fundamentalist. It is hard, however, to mock the impact of his films.

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Total Film

Even while struggling to make sense of the movie's frequent obscurities, it's impossible not to be moved by the intensity of Tarkovsky's vision.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Andrei Tarkovsky's work is pure poetry as he dwells for over three hours on the dominions of faith, brutality, and, mainly, the role of the artist in our… More
Ken Stachnik
I can't say I understood it, but I found it enthralling. I'll be able to write a more in depth review after a few more viewings...maybe
Alex roy
The power of Andrei Tarkovsky's work lies in its storytelling and sense of visuals, using both aspects of film, he sucks you in and you are taken on an… More
Stella Dallas
masterful russian epic about the trials of a medieval icon painter. at 3 1/2 hours it's an investment in time but well worth it. mesmerizing!
Thomas Bowler
Tough going but definitely worth it with a slew of indelible images and scenes. Full review later.
Joseph Boomhower
Andrei Tarkovsky has gone down in the history of cinema as being the most important Soviet director in the second half of the twentieth century. His 1966 film… More