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"As shown in these films, the best way that a state can be tyrannical is
by breeding cynicism toward democratic freedom."
– Govindini Murty & Jason Apuzzo, The Atlantic

"Putin’s Kiss is required viewing! "
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

3 out of 4 stars
"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. "
– V. A. Musetto, New York Post

"Proving it pays to stick with a docu subject for the long haul, Putin's Kiss tracks four years in the life of a firebrand member of Russia's ultranationalist Nashi movement who eventually has a Damascene conversion of sorts. [The film tells] a riveting story about contemporary Russia's dark side...[with] strong, vivid characters, particularly Drokova, who in the early going, recalls Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick from Election with her prim schoolgirl outfits and ruthless ambition."
– Leslie Felperin, Variety