The Death of Stalin

106 mins
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Blistering satire from Veep creator Armando Iannucci chronicling the aftermath of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death in 1953. Stars Steve Buscemi,... More

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The Death of Stalin | Ratings & Reviews

"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."

Flicks, Paul CasserlyFlicks

"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."


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

Total FilmTotal Film

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

Time OutTime Out

"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."

The GuardianThe Guardian

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


"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."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

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

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald

"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."


"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."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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


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

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

The Death of Stalin | Details

R16, Violence, sexual references & offensive language
Country of origin
France, UK