Red Army (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Red Army
By focusing less on his characters and more on a supposed dark side of Russian hockey, Polsky's film is less documentary than it is didacticism.
Who knew that a documentary on the Soviet Union's Red Army ice hockey team would be so gripping and provide a perfect microcosm of the stages of the Cold War, Perestroika and Putin's reign?
Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers.
It's a mark of Polsky's ambition and canniness that he braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama.
Audience Reviews for Red Army
A surprisingly emotional trip through Soviet hockey history from the late 70s to the fall of the Berlin Wall with the traditionally unemotional stars of the Soviet team. Their stories are fascinating and the documentarians have a great eye and sense of topics to be raised.
One for anyone interested in ice hockey and/or the cold war.
For those interested in Soviet era hockey, this is a well deserving documentary telling the story from the perspective of the Soviet players. Although it lacks in any serious challenge or criticism, it is still quite informative and enjoyable.
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