The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

By Armando Iannucci

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 2017-10-20
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Director: Armando Iannucci
  • Production Company: Title Media
  • Production Country: Belgium, France, United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: GBP 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 4.49
From 377 Ratings


From acclaimed writer/director Armando Ianucci (In the Loop, ‘Veep’) and featuring an all-star ensemble cast comes an outrageously funny masterpiece that’s the best British comedy in years. STALIN IS DEAD! And with The Soviet Union’s top job now up for grabs, the men within Stalin’s council enter an ‘interview’ process unlike any other. With the prospect of absolute authority over the nation within grasp, what follows will be devious plotting and farcical backstabbing, where one man will gain supreme power over the USSR. The question is: who?



  • Not so much.

    By 67 bulkhead
    I’m a huge fan of Armando Ianucci and was excited by all the publicity surrounding this film. But it’s actually really bad, just dreadful in fact. It’s like a skit from the Fast Show with a simple idea which works for 30 seconds but is then drawn out over two hours, long after the joke has run out.
  • Shockingly unfunny!!

    By matjamca
    What a waste of money. Didn’t laugh once. Utter rubbish.
  • Brilliant but not for everyone!

    By mintymiller
    This ascerbic and tragically funny story of Stalin's closest 'aids' scrambling for power following his sudden death in 1953 is a joy to watch. Armando Iannucci's best work to date in my view and brillianlly played but some of Britain's and the US's best acting talent. He treats the whole thing as farce in a brilliant stroke of writing and direction that pushed all the right buttons for me. But it's not going to be for everyone, particular those who were touched in some way by Stalin's murderous reign of terror when over 50 million people are thought to have been killed, making him one of the most evil tyrants the world has ever seen. For them (including I suspect although they daren't admit it, the Russian censors), it's too much to accept such a 'frivolous' treatment of truly awful events.
  • Not so funny

    By Master copeland!
    Tries too hard to be east end gangland meets mafia meets farce. Definitely has its high points in terms of dialogue from Armando Lannucci but not his best work. Watch “In The Loop”. Far funnier.
  • Great

    By Tom Tubbs
  • Excellent

    By TheDogWalker
    Looking at the reviews this seems to be a "love it or hate it" film. I thought it was excellent, a brilliant cast who more than did justice portraying those terrible times through this dark comedy. That said, it is not likely to be everyone's "cup of tea" and a grasp of history and some knowledge of the actual people portrayed does help.
  • What a Pile of Tripe

    By Nomadman2k
    So this is British Comedy at its best! Who the hell wrote this complete pile of tripe, it’s not funny, or entertaining or even worth watching. Tooth extraction would be funnier that this waste of 90 minutes. Wait for it to come onto TV and then turn it off!
  • What happens when you put great talent in a crap farce

    By shaynes573
    This movie just doesn’t work. If I wanted to see an intelligent company, I would have been better placed watching Dumb and Dumber. Having said that, I normally love all the work of the cast and crew.
  • Disappointing

    By WC1977
    Was really looking forward to watching this film having read a lot about this period of Soviet history. Found it quite tedious by the halfway point.
  • Vulgar, vile and not funny!

    By BrownApple1
    Don't waste your money. Absolutley nothing positive to say about this horrible film.