• PG-13, 2 hr. 24 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Richard Attenborough
    In Theaters:
    Dec 18, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 25, 2000
  • Columbia TriStar
  • Chaplin
    2 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Chaplin Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a disappointing, misguided movie that has all of the parts in place to be a much better one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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It's easy to pick out the single major flaw of Chaplin. The narrative is too ambitious.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Might be of interest to fans of the great comic, but as entertainment it ultimately fails.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2012
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A lot of loving care (but not much thought) went into this white elephant, and considering how fascinating a figure Chaplin is it's never exactly boring, but your time would be much better spent looking at any of Chaplin's pictures.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 27, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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The movie indulges in a rather stale flashback procedure.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific.

May 12, 2001
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine

| Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2007
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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It's a monumental biopic that cheapens the hero's successes by glossing over the failures that surely also shaped the man.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

This film wanders and dallies and much of it is fun to watch, but you really know about as much about Chaplin when you leave the theatre as when you enter, and what's missing is the magic.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 20, 2003
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 2/5

June 11, 2004
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Earnest but misguided biopic

| Original Score: 1/5

August 10, 2004
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: C

July 14, 2005
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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With this reverential biopic, director Richard Attenborough has cranked out a many-reel, talky talkie.

February 27, 2008
Emanuel Levy

Robert Downey Jr. gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance, but Attenborough's disappointingly formulaic biopic doesn't capture Chaplin's genius as artist or his complex life

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

August 16, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

September 7, 2011

Time Out
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Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006


A sadly unenlightening attempt to profile the king of clowns.

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February 27, 2008

Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

December 18, 1992
Todd McCarthy
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April 24, 2009
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