3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Not Mel Brooks' best movie, but possibly his most underappreciated one. The laughs aren't as overt or obvious as with his most well-known work, but it feels like the more subtle and visual humor was more effective. Dom DeLuise stole the goddamn show and I'd highly recommend watching this for him alone.
Enjoyable comedy set in a post-revolutionary Soviet Union, an even semi-parody of class differences and generational changes in the country during the time. Sandwiched between directors more audacious films like "The Producers" or "Young Frankenstein", it really doesn't hold much court, especially with a story revolving in and around eastern European history.