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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It not only evocatively captures the Russian spirit and the yearnings of a generation, but it also masterfully chronicles the historic collapse of the Soviet Union and its complex aftermath. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery. show more

  • 100
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country. show more

  • 100
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    Thus comes My Perestroika's most sophisticated idea: Day-to-day family struggles have a way of trumping even the most profound political change. Don't miss this. show more

  • 100
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    My Perestroika gives you a privileged sense of learning the history of a place not from a book but from the people who lived it. Watching it is a little like attending a party in an unfamiliar city and discovering the place's secrets from the guests. show more

  • 80
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    The subjects, plainspoken and insightful, attempt to extract the objective lessons of the political past from their subjective fortunes. This struggling to untie the personal-political knot makes for compelling oral history. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    My Perestroika is fairly foursquare as documentary filmmaking goes; it isn't stylistically snazzy, nor doggedly vérité. Its closest kin in the genre is Michael Apted's "Up" films, which are similarly focused on how people change over time. show more

  • 83
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope. show more

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