City Lights Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
March 4, 2008
That final scene. Last week, CNN asked -- in "The Screening Room's Top 10 Romantic Moments" -- whether this was the most touching film moment of all time. Could be. Either way, if it doesn't move you, you're beyond human reach.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2008
With its themes of selflessness and grace, as well as its graceful intertwining of comedy and pathos, this is a fine time for a revisit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 19, 2007
Is this film still funny after 76 years? I think and hope it is.
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Sid Silverman
Variety
June 27, 2007
The British comic is still the consummate pantomimist, unquestionably one of the greatest the stage or screen has ever known.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
A beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Plenty of great moments, and the occasional comic use of sound.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
January 28, 2006
A film worked out with admirable artistry.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Contains some of Chaplin's great comic sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It's an altogether wonderful gem, and one of the five best films the silent era has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4