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Alexandra Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 5.0
    85

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A film of startling originality and beauty -- feels like a communiqué from another time, another place, anywhere but here.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's unlike any other war film, in any language.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Village Voice J. Hoberman

    Spare yet tactile, a mysterious mixture of lightness and gravity, Alexander Sokurov's Alexandra is founded on contradiction. Musing on war in general and the Russian occupation of Chechnya in particular, this is a movie in which combat is never shown.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The luminous humanity that characterizes the films of Alexander Sokurov is in full force in Alexandra. On the surface, it is a work of the utmost simplicity but is charged with the eternal complexities and contradictions of both love and war.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The point is that for the soldiers, it's a dead zone, life on hold, a cheerless existence. And this plain-spoken old woman reminds them of a lifetime they are missing.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Variety

    Though he's sure to deny it, Alexandra is Alexander Sokurov's most directly political work for years. Featuring a performance of monumental depth by opera legend Galina Vishnevskaya, pic presents war for what it is: brutal, crushing, and ugly, and yet Sokurov doesn't lens any battles.

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