Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Reviews

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 19, 2004
Pity the poor film-school student who will have to sit through this dry-as-dust documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 10, 2004
A serious, often illuminating, and unavoidably entertaining account of the creature Downey calls 'the most endearing superhero you might ever want to watch.'
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 12, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 14, 2006
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.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 11, 2004
Strictly quotidian as a biographical documentary, but the Chaplin comedy clips are peerless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Doug Hennessy
Filmcritic.com
February 22, 2004
You'll get more out of watching this documentary than reading another biography on Chaplin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mary Colbert
Boxoffice Magazine
February 15, 2004
Manages to act as a riveting entrée for novices to Chaplin's work while providing enough new fare for aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
February 13, 2004
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
February 16, 2004
A delightful doc that minimizes talking heads in favor of a treasure trove of excerpts from Chaplin films.
| Original Score: B+
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 12, 2004
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 10, 2004
A more than fitting (and long overdue) elegy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 11, 2004
An affectionate and richly illuminating critical documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2004
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 13, 2004
It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 13, 2004
Delivers the facts and illustrates the work with a generous selection of well-chosen clips.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
February 17, 2004
An excellent introduction to one of the towering figures in film.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 26, 2004
I urge everyone to see it.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 19, 2004
It's hard to argue with any film that features so much footage of Chaplin at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

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February 10, 2004
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