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Sputnik(Спутник)

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Russia

2020

Rated R • 1h 53m

Director Egor Abramenko

Starring Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fyodorov, Fyodor Bondarchuk, Anton Vasilyev

Genre Science Fiction, Drama, Horror

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67

Austin Chronicle by

In an era where so many horror films are anchored in the aesthetics of Eighties American cinema, Sputnik establishes itself as an especially polished work of retro-futurism.
70

Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

Despite all the flaws, Sputnik has one chief thing going for it: it holds your attention, from the first (and arguably best) twenty minutes, to the last (and arguably worst) twenty.
50

Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

Sputnik’s third act is a rush of formulaic action meant, perhaps, to compensate for the interminably repetitive and impersonal second act, which is mostly concerned with reinforcing a set of foregone conclusions.
60

Rolling Stone by David Fear

You’ve seen this before. Think of it as a potent dose of sci-fi/horror Methadone to keep the withdrawals at bay.
58

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

It’s an efficient, effects-driven ride with snippets of real ideas, but never quite willing to take them out of this world.
70

The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

While Sputnik doesn’t make its substantial borrowings from other sci-fi pictures entirely new, it does juice them up enough to yield a genuinely scary and satisfying experience.
70

Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

The film swerves from sci-fi to horror to psychological thriller to melodrama, but in a way, it works. It’s clear Abramenko wants to serve a full-course meal of a movie, and in stretching the dynamic range of emotion he hits on moments that are at times operatic and at others somewhat soapy. But in doing so, brings a new layer of story that makes Sputnik feel epic.
88

RogerEbert.com by Matt Zoller Seitz

Luckily, the performances and characterizations add heft, and the very Russian vibe of soulful heaviness sets it apart from its American cousins.
60

Variety by Tomris Laffly

Abramenko maintains the film’s finite appeal throughout, mostly thanks to a familiar aura and a charismatic lead performance by Oksana Akinshina, a fine surrogate for the tough-as-nails heroine Ellen Ripley.

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