The Death of Stalin Reviews

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April 4, 2018
Even if the motivations and events aren't always clear, the performances are often hilarious.
March 30, 2018
A devastatingly funny dissection of power politics, stripping the mystique from it and those who worship it. Iannucci has done it again.
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.
March 22, 2018
The Death of Stalin is actually a lot like Veep, except with gulags and executions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 16, 2018
There's a universality to the humor that will reach even those with only a vague knowledge of who Stalin was.
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.
March 15, 2018
This is satirical history that invites prophecy - imagine a future Trump Administration version.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
March 14, 2018
Sight gags and slapstick erupt from a pervasive atmosphere of dread and terror.
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.
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.
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