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  • Summary: Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial - three young artists or the society they live in?
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  1. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jul 5, 2013
    80
    While sympathetic to their plight, the directors prove alert to the story’s wider impact, speaking to proud parents and outraged opponents alike.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jun 4, 2013
    80
    The women of Pussy Riot have an idea of what the new Russia should sound like; Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer shows just how hard it is to make that new world audible.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 5, 2013
    80
    This documentary by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin argues that Pussy Riot suffered an old-fashioned Soviet show trial, and what emerges is the effrontery and hypocrisy of Putin's attempt to associate these three young women with the Bolsheviks' suppression of religion.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    May 30, 2013
    70
    Even if you may not be putting a Pussy Riot song on your next playlist, there is something so of-the-moment and exciting about the group that Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer feels important, if not fully complete.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 30, 2013
    70
    Helmers Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin... don’t quite get to the issues behind the trio’s infamous performance at the historic Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow last year, but the young women’s vulnerability and defiance make for stirring viewing.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    May 30, 2013
    70
    Despite some shortcomings, Pussy Riot remains a significant contribution to the ongoing dialogue assessing the current state of Russian society and culture, as well as the sometimes tenuous status of free speech in the free world.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    May 30, 2013
    67
    Pussy Riot: A Punk’s Prayer is about an interesting topic, but the film itself is not quite up to snuff.

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