The Death of Stalin Reviews

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January 31, 2020
A pretty good attempt at satirising the absurdities of end-game totalitarianism.
January 27, 2020
Everything about this movie works, particularly depicting the dictator's inner circle as a frat house. Hilarious and unsettling.
October 17, 2019
It may be cringe-worthy at times, what with its propensity for showing the Soviet world of violence, torture, and bloodletting, but for those who like their parables to be challenging and salty, do not miss this exceptional film.
September 17, 2019
Armando Iannucci's new film is a scathing look at vile oppression, and a heap of fun as well.
July 25, 2019
It is a very funny comedy with an inspired cast that makes sure the political component will not dilute but neither monopolize the plot too much. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 7, 2019
In 1953, after 20 years of mass torture and killings, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin is at death's door, and good riddance.
May 21, 2019
When the film ends, Iannucci seems to have invited us to rethink our relationship with the past and with present politicking. It's to his great credit that he does it all while making sides ache from laughing.
April 26, 2019
Politics can sometimes be farcical, but they are serious business.
April 24, 2019
[It] is a clever, intelligent bit of political comedy, history played for laughs, that is a refreshingly change from the usual low humor comedies of recent years.
February 13, 2019
The brutal legacy of Stalin's regime is hardly the stuff of comedy [but] the script successfully negotiates a balance between jet-black comedy and horrific political drama.
January 29, 2019
The narrative is no slack and there's always something happening that keeps us alert and grinning from ear to ear.
January 8, 2019
...has a cleverness that withers into something more wearying.
December 28, 2018
This is black humor at its blackest and best. It shoots a taproot down to our deepest humanity, and it does so, ironically enough, by revealing the hellish sources of our own inhumanity.
December 27, 2018
Already the premier political satirist of his era, Armando Iannucci pulls off his most impressive feat yet, turning the corpse-strewn power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin's sudden death into a lacerating and disturbingly relevant farce.
December 20, 2018
This film plays like a chess game where everyone wants to the throne, and only the most cunning will survive.
December 18, 2018
Is there a more thrillingly inventive political satirist than Armando Iannucci? I doubt it.
December 12, 2018
Paralysed by fear, the right answer now the wrong answer; the Soviet Politburo sounds a lot like Twitter. Moving from panic to farce and biting one-liners, it's crammed with sharp performances (though Isaacs steals the show as Yorkshire's General Zhukov).
December 7, 2018
Stalin serves up the cringe comedy of tyranny, where much of the humor lies in the way that the characters twist themselves into hopeless knots as they navigate a Soviet wonderland.
December 7, 2018
The Death of Stalin is one of the funniest, most absurdly dark and frighteningly relevant political satires I've ever had the pleasure of viewing.
October 22, 2018
... an astonishing exercise in tone management, as it alternates from violent political fatalism to absurdist satirical comedy...
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