Dear Comrades!

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Dear Comrades takes a sharp, commanding look at a dark chapter in Soviet history made even more effective by its director's cold fury.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Justin ChangLos Angeles Times
    [T]hese crisp, high-contrast images speak to another impulse as well: to look into a past shrouded in the fog of delusion and doublespeak, and to see through it with a clarity that burns and even heals.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Anna SmithDeadline Hollywood Daily
    It's Konchalovsky regular Vysotskaya who stays with you, as a complex heroine whose utopian Soviet dream is gradually unravelling. It's a remarkable performance at the center of a devastating film.
    Read full article
  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Ignatiy VishnevetskyAV Club
    The script is filled with flat, rhetorical speeches that are done no favors by Konchalovsky's static direction.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Bob StraussSan Francisco Chronicle
    Setting political movies in the past is an easy, usually safe way to signal virtue. But with its eerie resonances of 2021 reports from Moscow to Washington D.C., this monochrome aesthetic object looks like something that draws real blood.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    "Dear Comrades!" may not make perfect sense of the past, but it goes a long way in allowing people to look at it with a clarity that manages to be exacting and compassionate at the same time.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    Throughout, Konchalovsky juxtaposes wide-ranging events with seemingly insignificant details to dramatic effect.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Stuart KlawansThe Nation
    It's a fascinating subject for Konchalovsky to take up late in life...
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Armond WhiteNational Review
    It's not a "masterpiece," but the reflection of political bewilderment makes Dear Comrades feel like a life lesson.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Carried out in a flowing visual manner, Dear Comrades is both cold and moving.
    Read full article
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Diane CarsonKDHX (St. Louis)
    With its ironic title, "Dear Comrades!" honors the victims, revealing the horrors, first investigated (with no convictions) thirty years later and, to this day, with some unmarked graves.
    Read full article