Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 17, 2012
    More than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy.
  2. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Feb 14, 2012
    The picture still tells a riveting story about contempo Russia's darkest side.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Feb 15, 2012
    Putin's Kiss maintains a wry distance that unnecessarily trivializes the shocking act that finalizes Drokova's parting of ways with Nashi, but the melancholy of her disillusionment remains. Underneath all this heated discussion of democracy in Russia, it becomes clear, there may not be much actual democracy at work.
  4. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Feb 14, 2012
    This amusing Danish doc aimed at TV audiences portrays Masha as an ambitious, intelligent, right-wing young lady who comes fatefully into contact with a bunch of left-wing journalists and loses her bearings. The overall effect is tragi-comic, even considering the dark events that bring the film to an unexpected dramatic climax.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 8, 2012
    Pederson has no smoking gun that connects Nashi to dirty tricks or violence, but there are plenty of both swirling around Moscow.
  6. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Feb 14, 2012
    Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment, complete with persistent intrigue music and scenes of Masha restating her dilemma to friends that seem rather canned.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 14, 2012
    Fails to dig too deep into the politics or inner workings of the new right-wing youth movement it profiles, remaining content with simplistic conclusions about pro-Putin thuggery.
  8. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 16, 2012
    Political menace stalks youthful idealism in Putin's Kiss, a portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat.
  9. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 14, 2012
    Lise Birk Pedersen's documentary offers some compelling peeks into Russia's bureaucratic skulduggery, but her attempt to frame the situation through a young convert's coming of age never really coheres. Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.

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