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The Great Dictator Reviews

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation

The only trouble is that such perfect scenes as this are followed by more conventional passages which would be funny enough in an average picture but let one down in a film that deals so ambitiously with so great a theme.

Full Review Source: The Nation

January 18, 2013

Time Out
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The representation of Hitler is vaudeville goonery all the way, but minus the acid wit and inventive energy that Groucho Marx managed.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

TIME Magazine
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Through no fault of Chaplin's, during the two years he was at work on the picture dictators became too sinister for comedy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 3, 2010
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...a great movie because it works as a film, and because it is a document of courage and faith, the prime exhibit in Chaplin's humanist brief ... Dictator is a comedy, the work of a clown, but it is no joke. Chaplin had lethal intent.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

May 20, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is a funny film, which we expect from Chaplin, and a brave one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
William Goss
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The first full-blown talkie from the biggest star of the silent era, complete with a message that Chaplin couldn't have sent more loudly or clearly.

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June 1, 2011
Chris Barsanti

...stared evil in the face long before the rest of Hollywood even thought it was possible.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

| Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2005
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

April 15, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It may be Chaplin's greatest work, even if it's not his most personal.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
Variety Staff
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It's when he is playing the dictator that the comedian's voice raises the value of the comedy content of the picture to great heights.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 9, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

August 22, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

O filme é recheado, de ponta a ponta, de cenas que entraram para a história do cinema.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

May 31, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis of the few motion pictures of the day to stand up and be counted against the forces of tyranny and injustice, for which it must always be commended.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

July 1, 2003
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

| Original Score: 5/5

December 24, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Charlie Chaplin's first all-talking feature is a controversial one.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 30, 2005
Dan Jardine

Despite the film's weaknesses, Chaplin's lampooning of Hitler is a moment of comic genius, complemented by Jack Oakie's ridiculously exaggerated portrayal of the Mussolini-like Italian fascist

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 81/100

July 22, 2010
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Like all major Chaplin works, Dictator was a cheaply, but methodically, made film, a cardboard act of humanist defiance, and, thanks to its purity of purpose, the cheesier the jokes get, the harder they land.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 23, 2009
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Funny, beautiful, and chilling.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2002
Mark Bourne

So Chaplin may not have halted a war, but he still left us with more than just a funny movie.

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April 14, 2006
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