An Ordinary Execution
An Ordinary Execution (2010)

Novelist Marc Dugain both wrote and directed this screen adaptation of his novel about the last days of one of the 20th Century's most infamous leaders. In 1952, Jospeh Stalin (Andre Dussollier) is in failing health after a long tenure… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Imposing, yet slightly academic.

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Philip De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

Always mesmerising, Dussollier's Stalin is a portrait of a leader whose frailties are matched only by his capacity for evil.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A movie that's impeccably played and chillingly compelling.

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Alistair Harkness
Scotsman

Dramatically speaking it's a bit too flat and seems more suited to theatre...

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Philip French
Guardian

It is permeated with a gut-wrenching reality about a historical period that's insufficiently understood and in present-day Russia viewed through rose-tinted glasses.

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Shot in a gloomy palette of greys and browns, Execution offers a chilling re-creation of everyday life under Stalin.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

With a thoughtful and introspective tone, this film continually surprises us as its story unfurls and a young doctor's life takes a strange and portentous turn, colliding with one of history's most notorious figures.

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James Wright
Little White Lies

At times overcomplicated with needless plot additives, but with no previous filmmaking experience Dugain has produced a taut and thoroughly enjoyable historical drama.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

André Dussolier (MicMacs) is perfect as the Russian despot, managing to convey the sense of someone physically fragile at the same time as inspiring constant dread

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