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Red Penguins (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Sports and politics collide in Red Penguins, a fascinating documentary exploring the stranger-than-fiction story of professional hockey in post-Soviet Russia.

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Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.

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Rollicking, absurd, outrageous, and ominous.

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

...thanks to this superb film from director Polsky, we now have the definitive record of one of the craziest chapters in the history of ice hockey.

August 10, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Communism, capitalism, corruption: the gang's all here.

August 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Whether or not certain events played out precisely as we're told, the urgency of Polsky's cautionary message is inarguable.

August 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If "Red Penguins" doesn't always strike a satisfying balance between the glib and the grim, the broader topic - the commercialization of hockey - affords it a novel lens on Russia's economic transition.

August 4, 2020 | Full Review…

"Red Penguins" has the kind of stranger-than-fiction appeal that could lure both hockey fans and the puckless.

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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