Stalin's Wife
Stalin's Wife (2005)

In 1919, two years after the Russian Revolution made him one of the most powerful men in the world, Joseph Stalin wed 18-year-old Nadezhda Alliluyev, the daughter of a close friend. Fourteen years later, Nadezhda was dead, with a bullet in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

An intimate, chatty film, both cheeky and thorough, the kind of high-class historical gossip you might get if an eminent Soviet historian like Robert Conquest or Richard Pipes went to work for the National Enquirer.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

If you have the slightest curiosity about the people and the period, Stalin's Wife is mandatory viewing.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

As illuminating, trenchant and penetrating as any fiction film.

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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

By the end of its excruciating two hours, Stalin's Wife has brought us no closer to its subject than does the eerie stone bust that adorns her grave in Moscow.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There's plenty of passion beneath this movie's unadorned surface.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

Documentary filmmaking on the cheap, comprised primarily of familiar newsreel footage and shot-on-video talking-head interviews.

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Eddie Cockrell

Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular.

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Russell Scott Smith
New York Post

Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

Well-researched documentary on the mysterious Mrs. Stalin.

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