Citizen K

critic Reviews

95% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score95%
  • Citizen K sees documentarian Alex Gibney training his sights on post-Soviet Russia, with engrossing -- and unsettling -- results.
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    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    Americans may go into "Citizen K" not knowing who this rather anonymous looking man is or how to pronounce or spell his name. But they will come out totally on Team Khodorkovsky.
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    Michael O'SullivanWashington Post
    [I]t is Gibney's film... that best tells this complex, contradictory tale of a businessman who rose from middle-class anonymity... to become one of Russia's richest men during the early days of Russia's post-Soviet experiment with capitalism.
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    David KlionThe New Republic
    It's Gibney's willingness to hold his subject accountable that keeps Citizen K from drifting into dull hagiography.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    Essential viewing for anyone needing a history lesson about Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, and who wants a frontline report on the current geopolitical landscape in Europe, including Ukraine.
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    David FearRolling Stone
    This is where [Alex] Gibney, gilding a history lesson and social-issue deep dive with investigative chops and weaving it all into a compelling story.
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    Nell MinowRogerEbert.com
    Citizen K is skillfully made, with a compelling story.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    Citizen K is riveting, informative, and a bit terrifying. It's a significant documentary.
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    Even if Gibney's film essentially offers the view of Khodorkovsky that he himself promotes, it also provides an engrossing overview of the post-Soviet Russian history in which Vladimir Putin plays such an oversized role.
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    Gibney, with his usual efficiency and intelligence, lays out the timeline of Khodorkovsky's rise and fall with a ton of research, arresting visuals, and rock-solid interviews.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    Convoluted and full of intrigue, director Alex Gibney's documentary Citizen K opens a window into post-Soviet Russia.
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