My Perestroika


Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Apr 29, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 7, 2011
    Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 22, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 22, 2011
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 16, 2011
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
  6. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 24, 2011
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 23, 2011
    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 22, 2011
    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.
  9. 75
    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 8, 2011
    The film is a must see for everybody, who has any connection or interest in Russia and Russians. It is as simple is that - if you are tryingThe film is a must see for everybody, who has any connection or interest in Russia and Russians. It is as simple is that - if you are trying to better understand your Russian friend, colleague, business partner and you ever wonder "why?" and "how?" about their way of thinking and behavior - you will get some answers. Unique combination of compassion and non judgmental objectivity are the corner stones of this masterpiece. Full Review »