The Student ((M)uchenik)
The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017)

A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As visually arresting as it is thought-provoking, The Student takes a fearlessly confrontational approach to difficult themes -- and proves richly rewarding in its execution.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

His social criticism can be heavy-handed, but his direction of actors (many of whom had never appeared in a movie before this one) is remarkable; Pyotr Skvortsov is terrifying in the lead.

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Guy Lodge

Kirill Serebrennikov's study of a problem teenager's religious awakening is as aesthetically kinetic as it is intellectually rigorous.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation


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Godfrey Cheshire

A serious, sharply mounted drama that gets more engrossing as it moves along.

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Cath Clarke
Time Out

There's surely a sly attack here on Putin's suppression of liberal values.

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Chloe Walker
Film Inquiry

The Student is a lively piece that grips from beginning to end. It's full of intensity, thoughtful discussion, righteous anger, and interesting, dynamic characters.

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Leslie Felperin
Hollywood Reporter

The narrative starts out in the realm of unfussy realism and grows blacker, richer and more surreal.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Serebrennikov deploys ornery irony in this scathing critique of a self-radicalized fundamentalist and local unbelievers.

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Ray Pride

As parables about fundamentalism go, The Student is bold and compelling... Tall, with the brooding, intent looks of a teen Michael Shannon, Petr Skvortsov is a superb incarnation of both zealot and charlatan,

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