Dear Comrades!

critic Reviews

, 94% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Dear Comrades takes a sharp, commanding look at a dark chapter in Soviet history made even more effective by its director's cold fury.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    [T]hese crisp, high-contrast images speak to another impulse as well: to look into a past shrouded in the fog of delusion and doublespeak, and to see through it with a clarity that burns and even heals.
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    Anna SmithDeadline Hollywood Daily
    It's Konchalovsky regular Vysotskaya who stays with you, as a complex heroine whose utopian Soviet dream is gradually unravelling. It's a remarkable performance at the center of a devastating film.
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    Ignatiy VishnevetskyAV Club
    The script is filled with flat, rhetorical speeches that are done no favors by Konchalovsky's static direction.
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    Bob StraussSan Francisco Chronicle
    Setting political movies in the past is an easy, usually safe way to signal virtue. But with its eerie resonances of 2021 reports from Moscow to Washington D.C., this monochrome aesthetic object looks like something that draws real blood.
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    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    "Dear Comrades!" may not make perfect sense of the past, but it goes a long way in allowing people to look at it with a clarity that manages to be exacting and compassionate at the same time.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    Throughout, Konchalovsky juxtaposes wide-ranging events with seemingly insignificant details to dramatic effect.
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    David BaxBattleship Pretension
    ...with a classical sense of framing and triangular blocking, ... Dear Comrades sometimes seem[s] as if it were produced contemporarily with the events depicted.
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    Rene SanchezCine Sin Fronteras
    A sobering and harrowing historical drama that portrays one of the darkest episodes of the Soviet Union to serve as a cautionary tale. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Soham GadreFilm Inquiry
    What keeps Dear Comrades! from being a 'great' film however is that its dedication to such muted authenticity leaves it as a porcelain relic that remains resistant to malleability as a living work of art.
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    Stuart KlawansThe Nation
    It's a fascinating subject for Konchalovsky to take up late in life...
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