Perestroika (2009)

Slava Tsukerman directed this visually striking story of a man whose past is taking him on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Sasha Greenberg (Sam Robards) is an astrophysicist who left the Soviet Union in 1975 to defect to the United States… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Perestroika races back and forth between the Soviet past and non-Communist present. The result is highly personal, talky, clunky and somehow engrossing.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Perestroika asks, with a philosophical shrug of the shoulders: Why not try to be optimistic?

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Too much science-babble obscures the truth of Perestroika. The tragedy of the aftermath would have made a better story unvarnished.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Perestroika is a curious combination of documentary and fiction, politics and science, sophisticated structure and incompetent drama.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

On the evidence of his new movie, Slava Tsukerman, who made the 1982 cult movie Liquid Sky, would make a brilliantly entertaining dinner guest.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

The Russians have a word for it: Nyet.

Andrew Barker

The film, which opened March 20 in Los Angeles, is unwieldy, overstuffed and at times hopelessly clunky, yet it's also touchingly funny, visually arresting and somehow a consistent joy to watch.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Has stylish visuals and a provocative, imaginative screenplay, but occasionally drags and feels convoluted with too many irritatingly awkward moments that lack an emotional core.

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Lewis Beale
Film Journal International

Alternately fascinating and boring, ultimately confusing, yet heartfelt film by a Russian expatriate about returning to the homeland after Gorbachev.

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In 1992, Sasha Greenberg(Sam Robards), a cosmologist, returns to Moscow after living 17 years in exile with more than his share of baggage, along with… More