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  1. HenriqueA's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Silly, dark, unfocused and almost brilliant. I laughed out loud at the absurdity of the reality. Not the best Iannuci, but he's still on top form.

  2. Federico Boswarlos's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    2.5, disappointingly not as piquant as Veep or The Thick of It

  3. steeeeellaaaaa (Iulia N)'s rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    not the best from Iannucci, but still good

  4. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    At a time when any anxious newsreader might wonder if the incipient authoritarianism around the globe might be too bumbling and incompetent to throw us into a dark age, here comes a film about how you can fall ass backwards into dystopia. It's not nearly the film it could have been given the talent involved—it lacks the density of wit of Iannucci's best work, and the final pivot deserves much more substantive satire.

  5. Walker's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    A biting comedy on the power struggle and hypocrisy within the party. The script was superbly handled and the cast brought the humor admirably to life.

  6. Alden's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    A reckless film. I remember having good fun with In the Loop's up-tempo humor, but also that all characters seemed to have the same sarcastic voice. There's that here... and worse. The mix of silly humor and tragic events on the frame of history doesn't add up. Another film would have made fun of Stalinism; this one ridicules every soviet in it without respect for the country or history. And it hardly made me laugh.

  7. Vicki Leekx's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

  8. Benjamin Reid's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Steve Buscemi was adorable as Nikita Kruschev. Aside from that, this movie doesn’t work. It’s not exactly the level of offense of the Day the Clown Cried, but making humor out of this historical moment is just plain difficult.

  9. chanandre's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    One of the best political comedies ever this side of Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be. A triumvirate including Buscemi (forget Fargo and The Sopranos - this is his highest high height), Tambor and Palin was a quite unlikely trio. It just got real: thankfully so. Beria is the most disgusting evil-doer I've seen on film. A film that points out a real-life mass serial-rapist in a #MeToo era> wish he'd died s l o w l y.

  10. José Neves's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Digital. The joke is too long to endure so much formal disinterest.

  11. Ark V's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    A kind of wonderful chaos ensues when a satirist and screenwriter directs his 2nd feature

  12. Ramzi's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Watched while wine-drunk on a plane. Pretty good but nothing special. The plot felt pretty straightforward, lacking the "not knowing what will happen next" quality that is a highlight of Iannucci's other political farces.

  13. hubertguillaud's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Ca aurait pu être une comédie à la Monthy Python, mais l'humour noir s'appesantit et tourne en rond. Il y avait pourtant une belle idée dans cette satire du politburo. Est-ce l'exagération ou la comédie qui est de trop ? Je ne sais pas. Mais on ne rigole pas beaucoup.

  14. Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    What impresses the most is how this comedy is as funny as it is bone chilling. Iannucci doesn’t pull any punches in the depiction of the brutality towards an oppressed people, and as the body count increases and the power shifts from Khrushchev to Beria and back, there’s a sense of looming threat, which is often undercut by Iannucci’s deliciously sardonic dialog.

  15. Renton47's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    The frightening relevancy of Death is its link between ineptness and sanctioned brutality. These observations play out in the film's broader early scenes - amusing if well worn by Armando. As it progresses it becomes a denser and harsher work. I felt that it seemed like a brilliant evocation of a historical and cultural attitude, but one I did not like or find funny. No less good for that.

  16. msmichel's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Iannucci offers us an enjoyable, revisionist comic gem with this tale of jousting for power while Stalin's corpse has not even had time to turn cold. Exceptional casting make this one special with some wonderful turns especially Buscemi, Tambor and Beale.

  17. F-BOMB's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Unusual choices at first glance, the casting serves the film well. Buscemi et al. provide charming performances. They're unfortunately working with a script that is not firing on all cylinders – I wish Iannucci had thought to have some of the top-notch writers from The Thick of It/In The Loop give this film that extra punch it so desperately needs.

  18. blkrchs's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

  19. bryanvmh's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Can we cool it with the DI greytone? We get it, it's Russia, it should "look cold," but god damn is this rigidly enforced dreariness a bummer to look at. Also, there are a few lulz to be had, and I get that being tonally inconsistent (Monty Python meets mass murder!) is kind of the point, but it is a very British humor that rules over the proceedings. What it "says about today" - "USSR was evil." And so are we.

  20. Sara Gaspar's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

  21. Nick Schwab's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    A farce with its lighthearted-buffoonery characterizations, but a serious satire in its deconstructions of political power struggles. The Death of Stalin is nearly-always funny. Its only problem is its lack of emotional and dramatic stakes, due to its uneven character's end goal only being who's the future ruler of the Soviet Union, something that it neither makes the viewer complacent or adverse to stake wise.

  22. itwstlnd's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    For a satire to work, you need to know what you are satirizing. Sadly once again the thunderous applauses of angloamerican press silence disagreements and dissenting opinions, forcing the general audience to think of this movie as something deeper than what it is: a shallow -and culturally ignorant- fart in space

  23. A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    Part of me really admires this dark (often savage) political satire, since they don't come along that often. Unfortunately, Iannucci never finds the balance between acknowledging the real-life awful actions of these despicable people and making it comedic. It's hard to laugh at a scene of shtick when it's immediately proceeded by something like a mass execution scene. It's more audacious than it is actually funny.

  24. Django's rating of the film The Death of Stalin

    A dark comedy about the end of Stalinism is like hearing they made Pol Pot The Musical: sort of hard to wrap your brain around. There're some funny bits and excellent performances all around especially Isaacs, Tambor, and Buscemi but I personally wished it had have gone for a zanier tone a la Monty Python. This felt too grounded in the reality of the horror of the purges to put me in much of a chuckling mood.

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