• Release Date: Apr 29, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. What results is 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.
  2. There's plenty of passion beneath this movie's unadorned surface.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    If Stalin's Wife doesn't provide solid answers, it nonetheless offers a fascinating tapestry of love, madness, politics, suspicions and jealousies.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    Results are solid, if stylistically unspectacular.
  5. There's interesting material about Soviet history, but searching for answers about the revolutionary's spouse turns out to be less than engrossing.
  6. Unless you're already into this stuff, it'll be hard to stay awake through the documentary, which was made on a low budget with technical values that are decidedly amateurish.
  7. Tsukerman is not interested in disproving or discounting theories, but merely assembling them.
  8. A dense biographical collage.
  9. 30
    Though serviceable as a primer on Soviet history under Stalin, the film's sloppy assemblage of dull interviews and stock footage never comes close to illuminating a life that the Russian people have long cherished as a precious enigma.
  10. 20
    Shakily cobbled together from stock footage and new interviews with authors and family, Stalin’s Wife is nearly barbarous in its denial of aesthetic pleasure. The whole thing looks like a late-night-TV infomercial.

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