Putin's Kiss

This political drama traces the saga of Masha Drokova, whose devotion to a Russian nationalist youth movement brings her many perquisites. But when she begins spending time with a group of dissident journalists, she starts to question her beliefs.
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Netflix Rating: 3.4
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 80%
Critics' score: 80   Audience score: 61   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

This isn't quite the human drama Pedersen might wish, but it's compelling enough, and more important, it gives us a look at conservative Russian politics at their most ruthless and vindictive. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary. full review

David Fear, Time Out New York

What makes Putin's Kiss interesting goes beyond Masha's personal rise and fall. For starters, it offers a fresh glimpse into how Putin's Russia actually works. full review

Though Masha's courage is considerable, her change of heart finally feels too nuanced for Pedersen's streamlined political-drama treatment... full review

Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice

A portentous, rather creepy documentary that masks its lack of historical context with an atmosphere of accumulating threat. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Putin's Kiss'' is more than just the portrait of a naive young woman. It's a frightening look at Putin's warped version of democracy. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post
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