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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: Ken Fox
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    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.
  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. To make a film in 2005 that asks audiences to sympathize with the plight of a band of terrorists is an intellectually audacious gesture.
  7. 40
    Curiously flat and immobile.

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