Citizen K

Citizen K

Citizen K

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) examines Russia's power, president Vladimir Putin's 19-year dominance, and Mikhail Khodorkovsky—a former Siberian prisoner who continues to challenge Putin's reign.

"In 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the richest men in Russia, began a ten-year sentence for tax evasion. Many believed his downfall was challenging then newly elected president Vladimir Putin. During his time in a Siberian prison, Khodorkovsky became a world-famous dissident. Today, exiled in London, he continues to battle Putin’s 19-year hold on power. Exquisitely photographed in the UK, Russia and Germany, Citizen K examines power in Russia." (Venice Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Violence & offensive language128 minsUSA, UK
Documentary
Director:
Alex Gibney ('The Inventor', 'Taxi to the Dark Side', 'Going Clear')
Cast:
Vladimir PutinBoris YeltsinMikhail KhodorkovskyIgor MalashenkoBoris Berezovsky

Reviews & comments

Stuff

Stuff

press

At its heart, this is a tale of how democracies get destroyed.

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

… a long, enigmatic documentary and history lesson, tackling deep social issues in Russia and sparking curiosity around Putin’s motivations.

The Times

The Times

press

The two hours whip by, and the impression left of Khodorkovsky is of an instinctive politician who never quite lets Gibney in and of contemporary Russia as an infinitely complex ideological nut that's yet to be cracked.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Although the film has long, engaging stretches, there is something slightly unsatisfying about the whole.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Though it's impossible to ignore "Citizen K's" nod to "Citizen Kane..." seeing this involving film leads to the feeling that, however unconventional, Khodorkovsky's path to becoming a small d democrat was a sincere one.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a strange story - and it's not over yet.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

[A] chewy, engrossing documentary...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Khodorkovsky is a charismatic subject with a still-mischievous twinkle in his eye even after serving ten years in a Siberian prison, making him a marvelously ambiguous antihero for documentary treatment.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

At 65, Gibney, aka the hardest-working man in documentary filmmaking, just scored another home run.

Stuff

Stuff

press

At its heart, this is a tale of how democracies get destroyed.

4.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

… a long, enigmatic documentary and history lesson, tackling deep social issues in Russia and sparking curiosity around Putin’s motivations.

The Times

The Times

press

The two hours whip by, and the impression left of Khodorkovsky is of an instinctive politician who never quite lets Gibney in and of contemporary Russia as an infinitely complex ideological nut that's yet to be cracked.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Although the film has long, engaging stretches, there is something slightly unsatisfying about the whole.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Though it's impossible to ignore "Citizen K's" nod to "Citizen Kane..." seeing this involving film leads to the feeling that, however unconventional, Khodorkovsky's path to becoming a small d democrat was a sincere one.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a strange story - and it's not over yet.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

[A] chewy, engrossing documentary...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Khodorkovsky is a charismatic subject with a still-mischievous twinkle in his eye even after serving ten years in a Siberian prison, making him a marvelously ambiguous antihero for documentary treatment.

Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

At 65, Gibney, aka the hardest-working man in documentary filmmaking, just scored another home run.

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