Moscow On The Hudson
Moscow On The Hudson (1984)

In this film, Robin Williams stars as a Russian sax player working in a circus. His warm home life does not compensate for his feelings of repression and lost opportunity in his homeland, and when the circus comes to New York, Williams… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2001
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

"Moscow on the Hudson" lets a potentially wonderful comic hero--and a great deal of thematic suggestiveness--slip away while ostensibly following his process of self-discovery and self-realization in the Land of the Free.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It made me feel good to be an American, and good that Vladimir Ivanoff was going to be one, too.

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Emanuel Levy

Mazuersky's fable of culture collision and assimilation has a certain charm, largely due to the acting of the young Robin Williams as a Russian immigrant.

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Variety Staff

Moscow would be in a lot of trouble without a superbly sensitive portrayal by Robin Williams of a gentle Russian circus musician who makes a sudden decision to defect while visiting the US.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Mazursky's fictional conceits do not do justice to Vladimir or to his situation, either in the Soviet Union or this country.

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Empire Magazine

As a fish-out-of-water comedy-drama, it works well.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Where it scores so highly is not only in its ability to evoke Vladimir's astonishment at the bizarre, sometimes brutal texture of New York life, but also in the generosity it extends to the musician's sad predicament.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Charming Cold War-era immigrant story has cursing, sex.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Gives patriotism a good name with its plentiful emotional and comic fireworks

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An insufferable vehicle for the great Robin Williams, where he portrays a Russian immigrant who defects from his country during a visit to the United States,… More
xGary Xx
Annoying and unfunny Williams vehicle that fails to either make any coherent political point or entertain in any way.
Aj V
I don't usually go for these kind of dramas, but Williams is so loveable, and the story so heartwrenching and heartwarming, with some action and comedy… More
Dean McKenna
Robin Williams is excellent in this gently amusing tale of a Russian circus saxophonist who decides to defect to the West.
Jim Hunter
A Russian saxophone player defects and falls in love. In this film the Declaration of Independence is quoted two separate times, the oath of citizenship is… More
Alec Barniskis
It might be tempting to simply dismiss the movie as Cold War propaganda, but Williams' deeply affecting performance (one of his very best) transcends any… More