The Rider Named Death

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  • Summary: Based on the 1909 novel "The Pale Horse" by Boris Savinkov, this film chronicles the story of socialist revolutionary terrorists in early 1900s Moscow.


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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Instead of using its hot-button issues as a present-day hook, sticks with a 19th century mindset which it accompanies with elegant turn-of-the-century decors.
  2. 70
    Think of it as a dark, suspenseful scenario penned by Joseph Conrad and designed by Toulouse-Lautrec and Auguste Renoir, and jump right in.
  3. A visually lavish but somewhat sterile adaptation.
  4. 50
    The force of the film is not as profound as Shakhnazarov clearly intended, and The Rider Named Death is easier to respect than enjoy.
  5. 50
    In spite of good performances and colorful design, The Rider Named Death is too grave and remote to stir much emotion.
  6. 40
    Curiously flat and immobile.
  7. All the same, The Rider Named Death is curiously anemic; rather than passion, outrage, and danger, we're contemplating the sotto voce conspiracy love of a quaintly distant age, when results weren't quite as emotionally important as commitment and camaraderie.

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