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Death of Stalin, The (15)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

The critical consensus

Armando Iannucci's superlative satire brings together a terrific ensemble.

*****Emma Simmonds, The List, 16/10/2017

Mixes hard shocks and big laughs to often dazzling effect.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 16/10/2017

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

****(*)Jordan Farley, Total Film, 16/10/2017

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 Online, 17/10/2017

Iannucci’s version of events may be well researched but it still gives us a very British, very witty but facetious version of a dark story which might have been better told by an insider.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 18/10/2017

The result is an original, troubling, deadly serious comedy.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 20/10/2017

Armando Iannucci’s comic-book adaptation, about the aftermath of the despot’s death, is less caustic than his usual offerings.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 22/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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