The Ballad of Bering Strait Image
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  • Summary: A cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who have come to America to become country music stars. (Emerging Pictures)
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  1. 80
    It isn't wildly imaginative, but its subjects are novel enough in their own right. They're a little bit country and a little bit Rachmaninoff.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Pleasant if slightly pokey documentary.
  3. What makes the story worthwhile is the candor and personality of the band members.
  4. 50
    Echoes the trajectory of the post-Communist-bloc region itself, unmoored and at the mercy of pitiless capitalist forces.
  5. Reviewed by: Megan Lahmann
    50
    Little is made of the cultural fusion aspect of their story, and ultimately the struggle-for-success tale is as homogenized as the music.
  6. 50
    While the film frequently concentrates on the wrong story, the humanity of the musicians comes through in their own words and actions.
  7. The documentary never gets more than skin deep. It rarely delves into the troubling regions that are the very orchards of documentary.

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