A classy, New Yorker essay–ish outrage doc, Collins’s film is a high-minded history lesson in the dogfight between post-Soviet capitalism and Russia’s new political pooh-bahs, as it’s been fought over the last two decades.
-Michael Atkinson, Time Out Chicago
First-time documentary makers rarely tackle a subject as dense with intrigue as the one Cathryn Collins has chosen for her debut feature: the rise and fall of Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky...her film is fascinating...for its tale of young capitalist buccaneers grabbing for resources in the postcommunist era and becoming independent power centers in a Russia still rooted to its Stalinist past.
-J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
The perseverance and bravery involved with making a film about sensitive subject matter like that which is dealt with in Vlast is reason enough for Collins to be commended. But she and her collaborators on the film go well beyond that, creating an entertaining and compelling piece I want to see again and again.
-Eric Shlapack, The Examiner
…”Vlast (Power)” is not only one of my favorites, it ranks among documentaries such as “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”, as being a film that everyone in America should see.
-Jackson Truax, Awards Circuit
Cathryn Collins's debut feature...makes the government's threat personally palpable—and '90s Russia just as mind-bogglingly up for grabs as you feared...
-Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice
At one time the sixteenth richest man in the world, Khodorkovsky now resides in a tiny prison cell. How he got there is a chilling story of the not-so-new Russia, compellingly recounted in Cathryn Collins’s Vlast (Power)...
-Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins (jbspins.blogspot.com)
It seems that, at least where Russia is concerned, Voltaire was right. “The more things change, the more they remain the same,” the French philosopher famously said and, if Cathryn Collins’ excellent new film, “Vlast (Power)” is to be believed, Vladimir Putin and...Medvedev aren’t appreciably different from Joseph Stalin or the more vicious of the czars.
- George Robinson, The Jewish Week