The Great Dictator Reviews

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Franz Hoellering
The Nation
January 18, 2013
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.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The representation of Hitler is vaudeville goonery all the way, but minus the acid wit and inventive energy that Groucho Marx managed.
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TIME Magazine
September 3, 2010
Through no fault of Chaplin's, during the two years he was at work on the picture dictators became too sinister for comedy.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 20, 2012
...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 | Original Score: 90/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is a funny film, which we expect from Chaplin, and a brave one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
June 1, 2011
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.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
May 20, 2011
...stared evil in the face long before the rest of Hollywood even thought it was possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
January 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 15, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It may be Chaplin's greatest work, even if it's not his most personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 9, 2008
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O filme é recheado, de ponta a ponta, de cenas que entraram para a história do cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 1, 2003
...one 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 | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 24, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 30, 2005
Charlie Chaplin's first all-talking feature is a controversial one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 81/100
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Funny, beautiful, and chilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 14, 2006
So Chaplin may not have halted a war, but he still left us with more than just a funny movie.
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