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Monsieur Verdoux Reviews

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Variety
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

..one of those overreaching "important" films that insists a little much on moralizing.

Full Review | Original Score: B

October 30, 2002
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
Sara Cardace
New York Magazine
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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

June 9, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

February 18, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

March 31, 2013
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
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
Dan Lybarger
Lawrence Journal-World

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

October 14, 2002
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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 13, 2009
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

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.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

April 14, 2006
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
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

September 3, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2004
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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

| Original Score: 5/5

March 31, 2006
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
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
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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October 18, 2008
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