Metascore
90

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
  1. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 7, 2011
    100
    Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 16, 2011
    83
    The openness of these people is often astonishing – and a sign of hope.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Apr 29, 2011
    100
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 24, 2011
    83
    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.
  5. 75
    Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 23, 2011
    80
    A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 22, 2011
    100
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 22, 2011
    100
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 22, 2011
    80
    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.
User Score
7.5

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
    10
    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 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 »