The plot's discrepancies are redeemed by marvelous performances and expert camerawork. ... Mironov, with his flaxen eyebrows concealing a mighty intellect, is the ideal hero of a spy thriller.
Y. Gaivarontzev Chelyabinskii rabochii, 2001
Alyokhin's metamorphosis from a shrewd army officer into a simple-minded banterer is depicted by Mironov with rare inspiration and ingenuity.
Yelena Serova Nezavisimaya gazeta, 2001
The real gem here ... is the scene where the counterintelligence team confronts the spies. Yevgeny Mironov keeps up the suspense flawlessly.
Courtesy of charter97.org, 2001
If you read the script, his role consists of little else but orders issued to subordinates. Mironov finds a brilliant solution: in the course of his mission, Alyokhin assumes different personas. ... The ability to bluff, essential for a special agent, is exquisitely interpreted by Mironov.
Larisa Maliukova Novaya gazeta, 2001
Yevgeny Mironov's lead performance as intelligence officer Alyokin is striking in its subtlety and internal humor, reminiscent of Vasily Shukshin's onscreen creations.
Mikhail Malykhin, Anna Narinskaya Expert, 2001
In the movie's best moments, Yevgeny Mironov (Best Actor recipient at the National Literature and Film Festival) brings to mind the immortal Oleg Borisov: same freedom, same sorcery.
Olga Konfederat Uralskii kurier, 2001
After seeing the film, those that resented the fact that Ptashouk cast Russian actors in the leading roles will appreciate his choice. No offense to local talent, but Belarus really doesn't have actors of the right age, the right appearance, or the level of skill required to play the protagonists. The trio of Yevgeny Mironov, Vladislav Galkin and Yuri Kolokolnikov is fantastic.
... Yevgeny in this role is beyond compare.
Anna Shadrina Sovietskaya Belorusiya, 2000
[Translated by Vlada Chernomordik for the Yevgeny Mironov Official Website]