Vsadnik po imeni Smert
Vsadnik po imeni Smert (2005)

A small band of radicals takes on a dangerous game of political assassination in this historical drama, based on a novel by Boris Savinkov. Near the dawn of the 20th century, with the Russian Revolution lurking on the horizon, George… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ronnie Scheib

Exquisite, self-contained curio.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

You have to wonder why Shakhnazarov, one of Russian's most experienced filmmakers, didn't take more care with the script.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Could have been livelier and more suspenseful given the subject matter, but it remains effectively made throughout.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Shakhnazarov's film effortlessly captures the times and the author's conflicted yet unyielding attitude, yet it never draws any conclusions -- the film remains under glass. It's watchable, nevertheless.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There are few real revelations to be found among these curiously dispassionate radicals, making the overall experience sort of like seeing the movie, instead of reading the book.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's worth a look; maybe there's more to Georges's blank slate than can be gleaned on one viewing, and the beginning and end of the film are worth the price of admission.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

The force of the film is not as profound as Shakhnazarov clearly intended, and The Rider Named Death is easier to respect than enjoy.

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Dana Stevens
New York Times

If you like your antiheroes tall, pale and existential, you won't do better than Georges, the anti-czarist assassin at the heart of Karen Shakhnazarov's historical drama Rider Named Death.

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E! Online

The film gives viewers a rare glimpse of prerevolutionary Moscow. And be happy that it's only a glimpse.

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