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The Greatest Show on Earth Reviews

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Witney Seibold
Nerdist
May 8, 2007
It's not hideous or unwatchable or anything. It's just not very good.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
October 25, 2002
Heston is a bit huffy and bombastic, the train crash is amazing (for its time), but it's just like the circus -- too much to see and not enough of any one good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Nem sempre um filme deve ser cegamente alardeado como 'clássico' - mesmo que tenha recebido o Oscar e contado com a direção de um dos maiores cineastas da História.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 24, 2007
Middling circus backstage drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 31, 2006
A Soap Opera under the big top, The Greatest Show on Earth features little in the way of a plot and more in the line of a hollow spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 17, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Jesse Hassenger
PopMatters
November 19, 2004
The Academy Award for Best Picture has been bestowed on any number of unworthy candidates over the years, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one less deserving than The Greatest Show on Earth.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 4, 2002
Bloated, hopelessly creaky spectacle that's as boring now as it was irrelevant in 1952.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Big, long, ultimately tedious
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 22, 2005
One of the worst films to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, Cecil B. DeMille's melodramatic circus adventure starring Jimmy Stewart and Charlton Heston inexplicably won the writing award (the called Motion Picture Story).
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
It won best-picture Oscar for 1952, but God (De Mille's favorite walk-on, strangely absent here) only knows why.

Film4
May 24, 2003
A great big lumpen mass of a movie that won a couple of Oscars (including one for Best Picture) and is studded with stars, but ultimately collapses under the weight of the clichés it carries round with it.
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TIME Magazine
February 18, 2009
The movie's plot does not quite hold all this pageantry together, but De Mille's scripters and actors enter into the thing in the proper flamboyant spirit.

Total Film
February 15, 2013
Roll up, roll up! Get your pompous overblown spectacle here!
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
April 23, 2004
The great showman of the movies has packed everything into this one picture. It has comedy, drama, thrills, melodrama, tragedy and great heart appeal.
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
October 7, 2014
Sprawling circus tale is a visual feast with heavy themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 22, 2013
As usual, DeMille megaphones his direction to let us know where we've been, where we are and where we're going, but this is marvellous entertainment, nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 8, 2004
It's an entertaining film, but it's certainly no masterpieceand doesn't really stand up to the year's other offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
March 4, 2005
Clumsy, innocent, awkward, to be sure, but it's never skimpy on the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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