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The Death of Stalin

  • Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, Comedy
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 106 min.

In the days following Stalin’s collapse, his core team of ministers tussle for control; some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive.

"Iannucci’s brand of political satire is applied to one of the darkest chapters in modern history, with sensational results. The Lives Of Others with laughs, it’s farcical, frightening and a timely reminder that things could always be worse. "
- Nick de Semlyen, Empire
"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. "
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"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. "
- Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"It’s 'Veep' in the Soviet Union, a welcome expansion of Iannucci’s canvas that keeps his savage comedy intact."
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"The Death of Stalin is Iannucci’s most complex and almost nihilistic rendering of what politics is: A team of bumbling and weak-minded people who lack any real conviction other than a desire for power and position. "
- Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
"A riotous farce of doublespeak and plotting laced with moments of bitumen-black horror."
- Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
"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."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
"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."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone