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  • Summary: Winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Mads Brügger’s documentary follows a trio of Danish comedians as they pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in North Korea. Combining the muckracking spirit of Michael Moore with the confrontational comedy of Borat, The Red Chapel is an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian regime. (Kino International Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 3, 2011
    88
    For boldness of execution as well as vision, The Red Chapel stands out as a singular, important comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jan 3, 2011
    80
    Uniting Sacha Baron Cohen's daredevilry with Werner Herzog's bombast, Brügger aims to expose "the evilness of North Korea" with a gloriously incoherent, kazoo-and-whoopee-cushion–inflected stage show starring a self-proclaimed "spastic."
  3. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Jan 3, 2011
    70
    The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 3, 2011
    30
    The product - sloppy even by guerrilla filmmaking standards - has no revelations to offer that are worth the slog of watching it.
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