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August 8, 2018
The comedic timing is impeccable throughout, with no weak links.
March 23, 2018
"The Death of Stalin" is a deep farce, but it is rooted in enough political reality that it hardly feels sensationalized. And given the current state of politics, it's as on-point as a breaking news alert.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2018
The Death of Stalin is actually a lot like Veep, except with gulags and executions.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 22, 2018
It's often raucously hilarious, neatly crafted, sometimes visually striking, packed with excellent performances and abrasively profane dialogue. Most significant of all, it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 22, 2018
Director and co-writer Armando Iannucci puts it all on black (comedy), betting that the vast discrepancy between great power and small souls will make you laugh at the absurdity of it all - or at least not scream in horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2018
"The Death of Stalin" should please moviegoers who appreciate humor that's significantly more sophisticated than we've become accustomed to encountering on the big screen these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2018
"The Death of Stalin" makes real-life horrors the source of hilarity - and it is hilarious - while never making light of the insanity that inspired it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 18, 2018
Iannucci did not intend The Death of Stalin to be a direct commentary on the Trump presidency, and it should not be taken as one. But as they say: First time tragedy, second time farce.
March 16, 2018
From start to finish, director/co-writer Armando Iannucci (creator of HBO's brilliant Veep) delivers an audacious and insightful and ridiculous and hilarious send-up that reminded me of the classic Monty Python films of the 1970s and 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2018
There's a universality to the humor that will reach even those with only a vague knowledge of who Stalin was.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2018
The central conceit of The Death of Stalin is that what is funny is not always just funny. In this sense, the film is closer in spirit to Dr. Strangelove than, say Mel Brooks's The Producers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 15, 2018
This is satirical history that invites prophecy - imagine a future Trump Administration version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2018
Iannucci may have turned Nury's somber novel into something of a goof, but he also takes a more complex view of Beria...Death of Stalin is a priceless political satir but what's really impressive is how hard it tries to fit Beria's story into the puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 15, 2018
If it's a romp, then it's a romp that does what anything on this topic must do: leave audiences a little rattled, with a hint of ashes in the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 15, 2018
Vladimir Putin's Ministry of Culture ministry has banned "The Death of Stalin" from being shown in Russia. There can be no greater praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2018
"The Death of Stalin" is a weird sort of hilarious, in that you easily might not laugh for minutes at a time. Instead of one big pie in the face, doled out at intervals, the movie presents an unending series of comic jabs ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2018
Sight gags and slapstick erupt from a pervasive atmosphere of dread and terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 12, 2018
It's funny; ten times funnier, by my reckoning, than it has any right to be, and more riddled with risk than anything that Iannucci has done before, because it dares to meet outrage with outrage.
March 9, 2018
It's a rich ensemble with varying accents, from Cockney to American, and uniform comic brilliance, including Michael Palin as Molotov, Jeffrey Tambor as Malenkov and Jason Isaacs as Zhukov.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 9, 2018
It never asks us to laugh at cruelty; it does make us laugh at the absurd pettiness and ultimate small-mindedness of the men perpetrating that cruelty. And Iannucci is a superb ringmaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
March 8, 2018
Though The Death of Stalin is a one-joke movie about how plotting and pandemonium invariably pour into a leadership vacuum, it's a deadly serious joke that we'd do well to attend to.
March 8, 2018
It isn't history but free-range fiction, a venomous farce containing nuggets of fact, and if its subjects bear any resemblance to present-day dictators and authoritarian mugs or thugs around the world, then the movie has hit its archetypal target.
March 8, 2018
"The Death of Stalin" is by turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into queasy, choking laughs.
March 8, 2018
If anyone has a gift for ferreting out the "petty" in petty tyranny, it's Veep creator Armando Iannucci.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2018
This is a comedy of terrors that creates laughs but doesn't let you forget that Stalin and his coterie caused the deaths of untold numbers of Soviet citizens.
March 7, 2018
As Stanley Kubrick did with Dr. Strangelove, Iannucci has built a satire not by twisting the truth but by nudging reality just a few inches further in the direction it was already going.
March 7, 2018
It takes some time to adjust to the mix of silly, peevish bureaucrats and the serious atrocities they inflict. But that's the beauty of the thing.
March 7, 2018
Armando Iannucci's hilarious, profane satire about politburos pole-positioning for power could not be more timely. It's the funniest, fiercest comedy of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 7, 2018
There's an irony here: In the interest of dramatic expediency, Iannucci has made the power players of The Death Of Stalin look more competent and more decisive than their real counterparts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2017
A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
September 14, 2017
Its application of [Iannucci's] signature barbed comic voice to such grim history (executions are a constant source of gallows humor) packs its own punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 11, 2017
A delicious black comedy ...
September 11, 2017
It will more than satisfy Iannucci's fans at arthouses; here's hoping we don't have to wait another eight years to see the director's next film.
September 11, 2017
The Death of Stalin marks the first instance in which Iannucci has applied his style to real-life figures, and it's as though he has crafted a historical foundation for the rest of his work.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 11, 2017
There is one thing that power can't stand, and that is to be mocked: The social importance of this topical romp should not be underestimated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 11, 2017
An occasionally funny, often straight-faced film about a cruel leader's cronies and how self-interest doesn't stall for death.
September 9, 2017
If only the end result were as funny as the idea that anyone would undertake a film about the turmoil surrounding the Soviet despot's demise.