Eisenstein (2002)

A biographical drama about the life of great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein), Eisenstein stars Simon McBurney as its eponymous protagonist. Beginning in 1922, when the young Eisenstein, a former Red Army engineer, became the protégé of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 2, 2002
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

If you're content with a clever pseudo-bio that manages to have a good time as it doles out pieces of the famous director's life, Eisenstein delivers.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Bartlett's hero remains a reactive cipher, when opening the man's head and heart is the only imaginable reason for the film to be made.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

It may not be entirely reliable in historical terms, but it offers an intriguing impression of the man, his art and his times.

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Jan Stuart

Fudges fact and fancy with such confidence that we feel as if we're seeing something purer than the real thing.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Fueled by Mr. McBurney's incandescent performance, it is a portrait of the artist as political and spiritual renegade.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Elliptical, unsatisfactory and yet oddly compelling.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Best enjoyed as a work of fiction inspired by real-life events. Those seeking a definitive account of Eisenstein's life would do better elsewhere.

David Noh
Film Journal International

It's often infuriatingly glib and posturing, and yet it has been made with great evident care and manages to deliver up the man in a way to arouse further curiosity in even the most unknowing viewer.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Eisenstein lacks considerable brio for a film about one of cinema's directorial giants.

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