Pity the poor film-school student who will have to sit through this dry-as-dust documentary.
| Original Score: 2/4
A serious, often illuminating, and unavoidably entertaining account of the creature Downey calls 'the most endearing superhero you might ever want to watch.'
Made with enormous affection; the Chaplinesque sentimentality, which so many silent fans cite when voicing a preference for Keaton or Harold Lloyd, is employed here, not exploited.
| Original Score: 3/4
Richard Schickel, a noted film critic and historian, has used the familiar techniques of historical documentary to construct a critical biography of one of the dominant figures in 20th-century popular culture.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The new generations represented here -- Depp, Scorsese, etc. -- remind us that Chaplin's best work does not confine his brilliance to bygone years. Or even to the 20th Century.
Strictly quotidian as a biographical documentary, but the Chaplin comedy clips are peerless.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
You'll get more out of watching this documentary than reading another biography on Chaplin.
| Original Score: 4/5
Manages to act as a riveting entrée for novices to Chaplin's work while providing enough new fare for aficionados.
It is crammed to the gills with a fine selection of the beloved comic's best work, with talking-head commentary serving to deepen and enrich the enjoyment.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A delightful doc that minimizes talking heads in favor of a treasure trove of excerpts from Chaplin films.
| Original Score: B+
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think.
| Original Score: 4/4
A more than fitting (and long overdue) elegy.
An affectionate and richly illuminating critical documentary.
| Original Score: A-
A well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.
It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.
Delivers the facts and illustrates the work with a generous selection of well-chosen clips.
| Original Score: 3/5
An excellent introduction to one of the towering figures in film.
I urge everyone to see it.
It's hard to argue with any film that features so much footage of Chaplin at his best.