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.
★★★★★ "Make sure you pay your respects to the funniest film of 2017, as Monty Python meets TV's The Thick of It in this outrageous and brilliant historical satirical farce." DAILY MIRROR
★★★★ "A frighteningly funny satire that finds humour in historical horror. Watch and feel better about the world." TOTAL FILM
★★★★ " ... punchy, raucous, savagely smart screen comedy..." TIMES UK
★★★★ "Depending on your point of view, The Death of Stalin is either a sly, wintry satire on Armando Iannucci's usual theme of squawking political idiocy, or an insidious attempt to destabilise the Russian establishment with relentless dagger-blows." DAILY TELEGRAPH UK
★★★★ "It makes Stalin and his gang look as absurd as they were abominable, which can't be a bad thing." DAILY MAIL UK
"Superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list line-up." THE GUARDIAN