By Michael Sauter
Updated April 02, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

Robert Duvall is a dominating presence as comrade Stalin, but the inner man stays hidden beneath a metric ton of makeup. Encumbered by a museum’s worth of impressive period trappings, Stalin manages all the excitement of a history exam. Could the century’s second-biggest monster (for a look at No. 1, see the next review) really have been such a bore? C+