The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

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The Death of Stalin

Blistering satire from Veep creator Armando Iannucci chronicling the aftermath of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Olga Kurylenko.

When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale, Into the Woods). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?

2017Rating: R16, Violence, sexual references & offensive language106 minsFrance, UK
Comedy
98%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

The inclusion of Michael Palin in Armando Iannucci's film brings to mind the terrifying character the Monty Python legend played in Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s wonderful 1980s satire of Orwellian angst and banality of evil fuckery.

4.0
0

Brilliant - go see it!

I loved this film. It was so absurd and yet so believable (altho' no-one can say this is what really happened when Stalin died). The writers and cast have done a great job (and the director too, I suppose). Lots of fun, go see it!

4.0
0

Brilliant, Black & Bloody

I've always loved Armando Iannucci's work and after hearing/reading UK reviews last year I was busting to see this. Five months later it arrived in Tasmania and I have to say it was well worth the wait! The ensemble cast are very fine but for my money, Jason Isaacs steals the show. If you like political satire laced with laugh out loud, jet black comedic...

5.0
0

Great Comedy about a Really Interesting Plot

I'm a huge fan of The Thick of It and In The Loop, so naturally I was very excited about watching The Death of Stalin. It lived up to the hype. The film is funny throughout and leaves you constantly asking "did this actually happen??" After a bit of Wikipedia research immediately after I had finished watching the film, the true story does seem as ridiculous...

5.0
0
4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A frighteningly funny satire that finds humour in historical horror. Watch and feel better about the world.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Simply superb satire and one of 2018's must-see movies.

5.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Master satirist Armando Iannucci's new film is ostensibly a comedy, but the laughs don't come easy and the jokes are often laced with malice and paranoia.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There's a nagging sense of something sour in your popcorn, a whiff of guilt at every chuckle.

3.0
0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

It's not as gut-bustingly laugh-out-loud funny as you'd expect, but the underplaying covers the whole thing in a leering menace that's hard to shake.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Some genuinely hilarious set ups and a nice mixture of farce and other styles of comedy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Iannucci's brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results.

5.0
0
Flicks, Paul Casserly

Flicks, Paul Casserly

flicks

The inclusion of Michael Palin in Armando Iannucci's film brings to mind the terrifying character the Monty Python legend played in Brazil, Terry Gilliam’s wonderful 1980s satire of Orwellian angst and banality of evil fuckery.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A frighteningly funny satire that finds humour in historical horror. Watch and feel better about the world.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Death Of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Simply superb satire and one of 2018's must-see movies.

5.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Master satirist Armando Iannucci's new film is ostensibly a comedy, but the laughs don't come easy and the jokes are often laced with malice and paranoia.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There's a nagging sense of something sour in your popcorn, a whiff of guilt at every chuckle.

3.0
0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

It's not as gut-bustingly laugh-out-loud funny as you'd expect, but the underplaying covers the whole thing in a leering menace that's hard to shake.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Some genuinely hilarious set ups and a nice mixture of farce and other styles of comedy.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Iannucci's brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results.

5.0
0

Brilliant - go see it!

I loved this film. It was so absurd and yet so believable (altho' no-one can say this is what really happened when Stalin died). The writers and cast have done a great job (and the director too, I suppose). Lots of fun, go see it!

4.0
0

Brilliant, Black & Bloody

I've always loved Armando Iannucci's work and after hearing/reading UK reviews last year I was busting to see this. Five months later it arrived in Tasmania and I have to say it was well worth the wait! The ensemble cast are very fine but for my money, Jason Isaacs steals the show. If you like political satire laced with laugh out loud, jet black...

5.0
0

Great Comedy about a Really Interesting Plot

I'm a huge fan of The Thick of It and In The Loop, so naturally I was very excited about watching The Death of Stalin. It lived up to the hype. The film is funny throughout and leaves you constantly asking "did this actually happen??" After a bit of Wikipedia research immediately after I had finished watching the film, the true story does seem as...

5.0
0
4.0
0