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Monsieur Verdoux Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
..one of those overreaching "important" films that insists a little much on moralizing.
Full Review| Original Score: B
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
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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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 18, 2008
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 29, 2004
Arguably the crown jewel in the Chaplin canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World
October 14, 2002
This later entry from Charlie Chaplin is a bit talky, but it's also eerily amusing and a lot darker than we often associate with "The Little Tramp."
| Original Score: 4/5
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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 24, 2005
Stunningly daring social satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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