State Funeral

critic Reviews

, 86% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • If State Funeral risks repetitiveness in its patient approach, the glimpse of history it offers remains a fascinating -- and frightening -- look at life under a totalitarian regime.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jay WeissbergVariety
    Both as film and as history, "State Funeral" stands as a canonical work.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    In the loony seriousness of it all, "State Funeral" isn't spectator sport - it makes us active observers of a scary machinery, something to file away.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    A found-footage documentary that captures life in thrilling, painstaking detail in the hours and days after Stalin's death.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    The faces are the most intriguing thing. Loznitsa gives us a montage of inscrutability and repressed anxiety.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    A film like State Funeral is a warning. History has lessons for us about what does, and does not, work, in politics, in leadership, in culture itself. We would do well to listen. We would do well to watch.
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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    A haunting amalgam of official pomp and everyday experience, the double image of a totalitarian government and the people in whose name it ruled.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    This weird, dirge-like artifact, whose real drama is nearly all off-screen, provides a disturbing illustration of mass indoctrination...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ray LoboFilm Threat
    We can only hope that a substantive reckoning from both sides of the political spectrum will soon be part of our national conversation. Loznitsa's documentary shows that it is possible.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kyle SmithNational Review
    I look forward to the footage used in State Funeral being repurposed to make a real movie, but this is not it.
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    Jason OoiThe Film Stage
    The pedantic nature of the ending feels especially detracting on account of the film's 132-minute runtime and its repetitive thoroughness.
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