Petrov's Flu

critic Reviews

, 88% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A gritty Russian satire with a big, beating heart, Petrov's Flu is highly contagious.
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    All of it [is] staged and shot with conscientiousness and ingenuity rarely seen in films from any country anymore. It is indeed a phantasmagoria, and perhaps an overload.
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    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    Paints a bleak, wistful, tragically funny portrait of a man, a people, a world.
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    William RepassSlant Magazine
    Kirill Serebrennikov’s blackly comedic fantasia paints a none-too-rosy picture of Russia, or its Soviet past festering just beneath the surface.
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    Ian FreerEmpire Magazine
    By turns impressive and oppressive, Petrov’s Flu combines technical razzle-dazzle with obtuse storytelling. Bravura and baffling in equal measure.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    It’s possibly the most Russian thing ever created, and it’s most certainly not a soothing viewing experience. But there’s something grimly fascinating about it nonetheless.
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    Tobias GreyFinancial Times
    This nostalgia could be cloying, but Serebrennikov has a wonderfully sly sense of humour.
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    Joel CoplingSpectrum Culture
    A unified vision so frightening that one might forget to laugh at both the absurdity and the ambition of its director’s intentions.

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    Natalia KeoganPaste Magazine
    Serebrennikov creates a compelling labyrinth of a story, composed of delusions, memories, projections, fantasies and banal real-life occurrences—all seamlessly blending and blurring together with exquisite precision.
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    Patrick PreziosiIn Review Online
    Petrov’s Flu resists categorization, encourages polemical platitudes, and disrupts its otherwise stunning stasis to once again throw in an “impossible” camera move.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Too many elements get lost in the sauce because its easier to denounce than construct something clear.
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