Citizen X (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Citizen X (1995)




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Stephen Rea stars as a relentless Russian investigator in this made-for-cable thriller. Based on an actual case, this taut film tells the story of Burakov (Rea), a Russian forensic pathologist assigned to track down a brutal serial killer who is targeting young drifters. The nature of the assignment takes its toll on Burakov's personal life, as he tracks the killer for years despite the red-tape and bureaucracy of the Soviet state. Nominated for several awards overall that year, Donald Sutherland won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his co-starring role as Rea's supportive superior, Fetisov. The movie was filmed in Hungary.

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Stephen Rea
as Lt. Viktor Burakov
Donald Sutherland
as Col. Mikhail Fetisov
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Andrei Chikatilo
Max von Sydow
as Dr. Alexandr Bukhanovsky
Joss Ackland
as Bondarchuk
John Wood
as Gorbunov
Radu Amzuliscu
as Federenko
Imelda Staunton
as Mrs. Burakova
Geza Balkay
as Proturator
Zsolt Biro
as Older Gay Man
Ion Caramitru
as Tatevsky
Balazs Csapo
as Gay Partner
Imre Csuja
as Front Detective
Zoltan Dozsa
as Execution Guard
Jozsa Elek
as Burakov's Daughter
Marton Elek
as Burakov's Son
Murray Ewan
as Office Manager
Klara Falvay
as Peasant
Erika Fenyes
as Vague Looking Girl
Zoltan Galbacs
as Train Track Boy
Balázs Galkó
as Station Drunk
Jono Gero
as Plainclothesman
Chris Gerolmo
as Militiaman
Simon Gevai
as Hanging Boy
Istvan Hunyadkurthy
as Drunk Father
Attila Kiraly
as Wall-eyed Boy
Kati Koti
as Peasant Mother
Ferenc Lengyel
as Young Announcer
Ralph Nossek
as Dunenkov
Anna Orosz
as Announcer
Wojciech Piekarski
as Scruffy Man
Tamás Puskás
as Young Attendant
Mari Rajna
as Slow Woman
Tusse Silberg
as Mrs. Chikatilo
Eva Toth Siman
as Drunken Woman
Laszlo Stier
as Man in Robe
Mihály Szabados
as Kid Militiaman
Petra Szabo
as Beautiful Blonde Girl
Miklós B. Székely
as Older Partner
Tibor Szervét
as Detective
Balazs Tardi
as Eating Soldier No. 1
Katalin Varnagy
as Wizened Peasant Woman
Zoltan Vekony
as Eating Soldier No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Citizen X

All Critics (8)

A film like Citizen X works to make the killing and the gruesome details of serial murder the least entertaining element of its story and plot.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer.

November 6, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

One of the best serial killer movie i have seen

April 3, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

Fascinating and absorbing. One of HBO's finest made-for-cable flicks.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Citizen X


Interesting bit of history. Steven Rea does a good job. Donald Southerland could have passed on this role.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


This serial-killer TV film by HBO is an incredible piece of work. It has almost all the required elements of its genre in adequate proportion. Although it takes a limited number of cinematic liberties, it's done only to heighten the effect, and it works big time. The brilliantly outstanding performance by Stephen Rea is one of the best performances I've ever come through. His portrayal of his character Burakov is very realistic. He literally feels life into his character. Donald Sutherland could have done better, IMHO. All in all, it's a great movie based on real events, and any fan of this genre shouldn't miss it.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

well done hbo film based on the case of ukrainian serial killer andrei chikatilo, convicted of killing 52 women and children. good cast including donald sutherland and max von sydow. stephen rea plays the investigator who followed the case for seven years despite much interference from soviet bureaucracy. patchy russian accents but very factual

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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