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  • Summary: A contemporary take on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment set in the former Kazakhstan capital of Almaty.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 30, 2013
    80
    It’s the no-nonsense filmmaking, seamlessly integrating even dreams and visions, that keeps us fixed on the bold line of the student’s trajectory, all the way through to a transcendent ending.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    May 28, 2013
    70
    Psychological violence is constantly present and reflected in the film's physical violence, which is typically suggested rather than seen.
  3. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    May 28, 2013
    70
    There’s much to admire in the film’s elegantly classical tempo and the way Omirbayev achieves so much with so little.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 28, 2013
    60
    A sense of existential dread that would make the Russkie novelist beam is channeled beautifully, but for a filmmaker lauded for his minimalist aesthetic, Omirbayev sure loves broad-stroke symbolism and sloganeering.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    May 28, 2013
    50
    Kazakh cinema's stalwart auteur Darzhan Omirbaev adapts Crime and Punishment to modern-day Almaty, but with little to say beyond the obvious.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    May 28, 2013
    40
    Omirbaev fails to invest either the murder plot or its political subtext with much suspense or conviction.