Review Round Up: The Death of Stalin

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews of this black comedy starring Michael Palin, Jason Isaacs and Steve Buscemi. 

The Telegraph: **** “Perhaps Iannucci’s at his soaring finest when imagining the worst happening – the freak electoral tie in Veep’s Season 4 finale, say – rather than dancing along the outlines of historical fact, as here. Still, the inspired casting and especially those accents – just wait for Isaacs, sprung as a mid-way treat – inflect this dense material with plenty of his own inimitable vision.”

The Guardian: ***** “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.”

NME: **** “There is, of course, majestically creative swearing and absolutely killer putdowns, delivered by people who know how to play the situation rather than the joke. It’s as mind-bendingly clever as it is completely silly.”

The Daily Mail: **** “it makes Stalin and his gang look as absurd as they were abominable, which can’t be a bad thing.”

Empire: ***** “For all its entertainingly abhorrent characters, it’s a deeply moral piece of work. Just one that has a corpse-moving scene straight out of a Blackpool panto.”

Den of Geek: **** “Don’t miss the chance to see this film with an audience – it’s a fun experience to share, and the laughter is bound to be infectious.”

The Independent: *** “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.”

Evening Standard: *** “Yet faithfulness to the facts is a marginal asset for a satirical film in which — this once, and God willing just this once — the greatest satirist of his generation seems curiously to lack faith in himself.” “Iannucci maintains the surreal farce of the situation by employing an exceptional cast.”

The Mirror: ***** “Timely, hilarious and all too believable, The Death of Stalin proves the death of satire has been greatly exaggerated.”

The Times: **** “The political satirist Armando Iannucci’s take on Stalin’s death is almost too funny.”

Time Out: ***** “Iannucci’s control of tone is such that we’re carried from hilarity to revulsion and back again in a few keenly crafted lines of dialogue.”

City AM:***** “The Death of Stalin is a precisely targeted mockery not of Russia or Russians, but of a scramble to come out on top of a tumultuous and unexpected upheaval, a pisstake of a shambolic, leaderless government that could (and can) be found (very easily) anywhere (here) in history (now).”

The Upcoming: *** “Brutal yet consistently humorous, the film makes caricatures of historical figures, retaining the tone of the graphic novel that inspired it.”

Culture Whisper: **** “The Death of Stalin proves, however, that Iannucci’s critical eye just keeps getting keener and that he hasn’t at all lost the ability to make all his characters seethe and sizzle. The unsettling bits are just further proof of this fact.”

The Death of Stalin is released in cinemas today. 


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