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Monsieur Verdoux Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The film's cynical vision is as lucid as it is unrelenting.

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

May 22, 2013
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a pitch-black, arguably bitter comedy that wasn't so much a departure for Chaplin (he had, after all, lampooned Hitler in his previous film) as it was an opportunity to fully engage with his darker comedic impulses

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

April 10, 2013
Cole Smithey

Simultaneously ethical and unethical, the snappily dressed Verdoux exists as an extraordinary challenge to capitalism's status quo during its seismic swing toward fascism.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

March 31, 2013
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Monsieur Verdoux can boast a screenplay with a highly unusual moral complexity and a deeply philosophical bent...Yes, Verdoux is a film that name-drops Schopenhauer, but it's also damn funny... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

March 24, 2013
Emanuel Levy

Thoungh misunderstood and a commercial flop in 1947, Chaplin's murderous satire has many merits, including Oscar nomination for Original Script.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

March 2, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

It's not often you find Charlie Chaplin in the rare role of a villain, but he does nice work in this small tale of lies and murder.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2011
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 11, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Monsieur Verdoux is the spirit of modernity taken to its darkest extreme. It may be immortal.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

June 11, 2008
Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
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In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 9, 2008

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Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 13, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

As it is, Monsieur Verdoux is a curiosity with flashes of brilliance, but definitely not one of Chaplin's best.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

May 13, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives one a greater sense of Chaplin's political breadth from his previous work.

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

March 2, 2007

Time Out
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Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Mark Bourne

The intensely felt social criticism that audiences had seen growing in Modern Times and especially The Great Dictator is elevated to an astonishing level of sarcasm and subversive irony.

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April 14, 2006
Steve Crum

Truly great Chaplin film, seldom seen, about love, war, and murder. And it's a comedy too.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 31, 2006
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Stunningly daring social satire.

| Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2005
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A fine black comedy, not one of Chaplin's best, but still offers some illuminating moments.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 14, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Arguably the crown jewel in the Chaplin canon.

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

March 29, 2004
Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine

The film is not only an account of the moral slippage of one man but the record of a far larger, seemingly uncontrollable escalation.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

March 20, 2004

Empire Magazine

Chaplin's most fully-conceived talkie.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 31, 2003
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