Spinning Boris (2003) - Comedy, Drama

Hohum Score

58

Bearable

Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with President Yeltsin's re-election campaign when his approval rating is down to single digits.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 25 found boring (12%)

One-line Reviews (14)

To me it looked like a propaganda movie made during the Cold War.

It was a dull day at my house when we had to trudge over to the neighbors' to see if they had any good movies to watch.

Propaganda .

The fact that the plot is so secretive to begin with and hesitant to unravel makes the film intriguing to watch.

Save your money for quality movies

After all, it was Yeltsin's main opponent, the Communist Zyuganov, who said in 1995, "You should understand that a clever propaganda worker and a skilled politician will never talk in the same language with different audiences.

An obviously contrived but cleverly wrought dialogue-intensive synthesis about a hapless trio of election engineers out of their element, "Spinning Boris" conjures humor and heart which should appeal most to those into political comedy/dramedy.

This is a pretty good film, informative and exciting.

It is funny, charming, and truly suspenseful.

The script is pure perfection -- witty and clever beyond belief, suspenseful, complex and very, very dark.

Very enjoyable.

What you'll get is lots of snappy patter as the culturally challenged Goldblum, Schreiber, and La Paglia try against all odds to spin Yeltsin with the help of his daughter and a meager cast of characters.

Aside from beautiful performances by all three principals, the story itself has a wonderful flow, which works brilliantly with the material and weaves a highly enjoyable experience.

A better film can be made no doubt, but this one is already well worth watching.