It is a gay, impudent and sentimental pantomimic comedy in which even the anachronisms are often as becoming as Charlie Chaplin's cane.
One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences.
The picture is grand fun and sound entertainment, though silent. It's the old Chaplin at his best, looking at his best -- young, pathetic and a very funny guy.
It's the coldest of [Chaplin's] major features, though no less brilliant for it.
The opening sequence in Chaplin's second Depression masterpiece, of the Tramp on the assembly line, is possibly his greatest slapstick encounter with the 20th century.
Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.
Do you have to be reminded that Chaplin is a master of pantomime? Time has not changed his genius.
| Original Score: 5/5
Good physical comedy will always be funny, and Chaplin was a master.
| Original Score: 4/4
The mechanical feeding sequence in Modern Times is probably the funniest routine in cinema history.
Modern Times is an ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.
Remains Chaplin's most sustained burlesque of authority.
The picture is a two-hour almost continuous gale of laughter with sidesplitting gags generously distributed throughout the five major sequences and the several minor ones.