Monsieur Verdoux Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 22, 2013
The film's cynical vision is as lucid as it is unrelenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 31, 2013
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 | Original Score: A+
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 2, 2013
Thoungh misunderstood and a commercial flop in 1947, Chaplin's murderous satire has many merits, including Oscar nomination for Original Script.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 9, 2008
In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.
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Variety
May 13, 2008
Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 13, 2008
As it is, Monsieur Verdoux is a curiosity with flashes of brilliance, but definitely not one of Chaplin's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 2, 2007
Gives one a greater sense of Chaplin's political breadth from his previous work.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 14, 2006
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.
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 31, 2006
Truly great Chaplin film, seldom seen, about love, war, and murder. And it's a comedy too.
| Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 24, 2005
Stunningly daring social satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 14, 2004
A fine black comedy, not one of Chaplin's best, but still offers some illuminating moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 29, 2004
Arguably the crown jewel in the Chaplin canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Joshua Vasquez
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2004
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 | Original Score: 4/4

Empire Magazine
August 31, 2003
Chaplin's most fully-conceived talkie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Decidedly not Chaplin's best-loved movie, but an especially provokative one, that boasts both his typical humour and a darker, politicised streak.
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