The 9th Company (9 rota)
The 9th Company (9 rota) (2005)

Fedor Bondarchuk, the son of noted Russian filmmaker Sergei Bondarchuk, debuts as a director with the harrowing and relentless military drama 9th Company, set between 1988 and 1989 at the tail end of the U.S.S.R. Afghani war (the Soviet… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 29, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

The characters are given life by the script and actors, while the mountainous terrain (provided by Crimea) adds novelty to the combat scenes.

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly.

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Sean Axmaker

For all the grim reality of death and danger, it's mostly a paean to brotherhood, loyalty and honor in a lost cause, with a stock company of character types bonding under fire...

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.

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Nick Curtis
London Evening Standard

It's all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

So is the director's beef with the barefoot belligerent fundamentalist Afghans or the beefy bungling brass of the Soviet Union? Less likely any of the above, than a battle of the blockbusters showdown with Hollywood, as to whose got the bigger bull-ets.

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Stuart McGurk

It may not be a new subject but, as an update on bellicose jingoism, it's just right.

Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

The film has no real thematic ambition beyond restating the old "war is hell" adage.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A excellent Russian Film based on a true story of a battle in the invasion of Afghanistan. See a group of young men from home town to boot camp to the war in… More
Gordon Anderson
Poor man's 'Full Metal Jacket' which shows that the Russian filmmakers are well behind the West. Cliches flow thick and fast but with no wit or… More
Cynthia S.
In a word, FANTASTIC! This film is so well made, you would think it was a big budget hollywood flick. The dvd has both english & russian soundtracks.… More
Caesar Mendez
Now I've never seen any Russian movie before watching this movie. I got to say, it set the bar pretty high for future Russian for me to watch. The 9th… More
Luke Baldock
A Russian Full Metal Jacket that takes us from the training of troops to their eventual tragic deaths. Set during the 80's conflict with Afghanistan you… More
Daniel Dolgin
The Russian film the 9th company explores the Soviets war in Afghanistan. With nine soldiers you get a sense of what each one is like in it's superb… More