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Red Army

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Gabe Polsky

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About the Movie

Red Army is a feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Even if you know it's the story of a legendary hockey team and not the fierce Soviet-era military machine, you will be surprised by its sociopolitical and personal content and the engaging way it tells its story. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jan 22, 2015

Fresh: With dark humor and an epic sweep characteristic of Executive Producer Werner Herzog, Red Army sides not with nations or ideologies but with the transcendent powers of sport. – Andrew Lapin, NPR, Jan 22, 2015

Fresh: An easy-to-digest history lesson that still reverberates on today's geopolitical landscape. As they say in hockey, Polsky pulls off a hat trick. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 5, 2015

Fresh: It's a mark of Polsky's ambition and canniness that he braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama. – Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, Mar 12, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Stirring and entertaining!

This film has everything I look for in a good doc- it’s funny, thinky, and moving. It also has strong characters and an honest sensibility that I loved. This movie is surprisingly entertaining and real- a total breath of fresh air. Highly recommend!!

Great all around Soviet Hockey Documentary

This was an entertaining, in depth, look at how life was in Russia. It talked about how that transferred over to the hockey world including all positive/negative effects. A truly fascinating Doc that is a must see for any one who calls themselves a hockey fan.

NOT the Doc on Netflix

This is NOT the Netflix Doc. The one on Netflix revolves around the loss to team USA in the Olympics; though it touches on a lot of the subject matter, it is simply NOT the same movie.

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