The Trotsky
The Trotsky (2010)

An unusually intense teenager gets the idea that his name defines his destiny in this offbeat comedy. Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is a young man who has made the discovery that his birth name is the same as that of Leon Trotsky, the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Fitfully charming and sitcom cute.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Certainly the film is cute in places, but the larger ideas that little Leon is messing about with are never any more than cardboard cutouts, a child's approximation of political thinking.

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Mike Scott

If Norma Rae and Ferris Bueller's Day Off had a child, you've got to think it would probably be a lot like The Trotsky, a smart - if overlong - indie teen comedy.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Tierny's script is smart and funny although some of the jokes are likely over the heads of a teen audience, who may not be up on their Russian revolutionary lore.

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Dan Jardine

Baruchal gives a charming performance, full of intellectual wit and good-natured charisma, but also take-charge sex appeal, albeit of the nerd variety.

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Cole Smithey

If it weren't for Jay Baruchel's disarming charm and natural sense for comic delivery, "The Trotsky" wouldn't work anywhere near as well as it does.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Runs 20 minutes too long and several rungs above the head of its target audience.

Perri Nemiroff

Handful of gags fall flat and those who can only handle low doses of Barchuel may grow tired of his shtick, but it's a curiously enjoyable experience and educational, too.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The Trotsky is an endearing comedy that at times flirts with greatness, and those times are courtesy of Jay Baruchel's performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
The Trotsky is a charming but flawed teen comedy set in Montreal, about a wanna be radical without a cause, Leon Bronstein (Jay Barchel), who tries to start a… More
Lewis C.
"It's over. I'm not it. I'm not the man for the job." The Trotsky came out of absolutely nowhere. I don't even know how it… More
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Saul Rubinek, Geneviève Bujold, Emily Hampshire, Colm Feore, Jessica Paré, Justin Bradley, Liane Balaban, David Julian Hirsh, Ricky Mabe,… More
KJ Proulx
A story about a kid who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, and pursues his beliefs by marking down all of the main events that happened in his… More
Cynthia S.
Wacky, yes. Funny, yes. Serious, yes. Quirky love, yes. My kind of film, yes. Jay Baruchel does his thing so well. Even Genevieve Bujold knows something is… More
Daniel Perry
Is it possible to not say "quirky" and "Canadian" in the same review, ever? Thanks to flying Air Canada a lot this year, I've been… More