The Death of Stalin

2018 • 106 minutes
4.1
35 reviews
95%
Tomatometer
MA15+
Rating
Eligible
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The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: 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 (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast.
4.1
35 reviews
S McC
September 4, 2018
What started as a well acted, mildly amusing show with outrageously british accents, rapidly went downhill near the end into "Not worth it" territory. Skip it.
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Bee Bee Nyne Eee
November 16, 2018
It was really good overall. Requires some knowledge of the ussr and stalins reign of terror. Did drop standards towards the end
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Peter de Courtenay
April 3, 2022
One of the best black comedies I have seen for ages. Helps if you know a bit of the history.
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