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100
The New York Times
My Perestroika gives you a privileged sense of learning the history of a place not from a book but from the people who lived it. Watching it is a little like attending a party in an unfamiliar city and discovering the place's secrets from the guests.
100
Thus comes My Perestroika's most sophisticated idea: Day-to-day family struggles have a way of trumping even the most profound political change. Don't miss this.
100
Offers a surprising and revealing look at Russia's past and present.
100
It not only evocatively captures the Russian spirit and the yearnings of a generation, but it also masterfully chronicles the historic collapse of the Soviet Union and its complex aftermath.
83
The openness of these people is often astonishing - and a sign of hope.
83
My Perestroika is fairly foursquare as documentary filmmaking goes; it isn't stylistically snazzy, nor doggedly vérité. Its closest kin in the genre is Michael Apted's "Up" films, which are similarly focused on how people change over time.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
A terrifically engaging picture of life beyond the headlines, My Perestroika lifts the veil of Cold War mystery.
80
Village Voice
The subjects, plainspoken and insightful, attempt to extract the objective lessons of the political past from their subjective fortunes. This struggling to untie the personal-political knot makes for compelling oral history.
75
Essentially agenda-free, My Perestroika has the quality of a candid conversation with long-lost cousins from another country.

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