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Safety Last!

Safety Last! (1923)

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After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era's "third genius" was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of an average country boy trying to make good in the big city. The Boy (Lloyd) leaves his sweetheart, The Girl (Mildred Davis, later the real-life Mrs. Lloyd) in Great Bend while he pursues his fortune in a teeming metropolis. The Boy lands a job as a clerk at a fabric counter of DeVore's, a huge department store, but he lies in his letters home to his

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.

March 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak.

July 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

You'll believe a man can die.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy. He had to work at it and he let his difficulty show, but not entirely.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Harold Lloyd manages to make the characters sympathetic enough to carry the audience's concern on his journey of crazy stunts and mishaps. One of the best of this era.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Harold Lloyd at his very best.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Snobbery
Film Snobbery

One of Harold Lloyd's funniest comedies, and silent.

May 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

I laughed more at some of the scenes with Harold in the store than I did at the climb itself.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

On video, Safety Last! is a certified treat, but in packed movie houses, with audiences invariably gasping and giggling on every cue, it's a near-religious experience. [Criterion Blu-ray]

August 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Might be the best film of acclaimed comedian Harold Lloyd's silent film days.

January 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lloyd's most famous film with the great building climbing climax.

June 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

No words are necessary to illustrate Lloyd's genius as he gets into deeper and deeper trouble.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Combining the heart of Chaplin and the physical dexterity and daring of Keaton

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Safety Last (1923) earned Harold Lloyd, the bookish, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing comedian, his nickname "the King of Daredevil Comedy."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Impossible to watch without undergoing visitations of vertigo, Safety Last's climactic sequence is all it's reputed to be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Safety Last!

Classic Harold Lloyd, in what is probably his best known film. I can't get enough of it!
January 6, 2010
SirPant

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harold lloyd is so cute :)
August 5, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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Enjoyable slapstick comedy with a lot of inventiveness that still impresses. Simple shots such as the hiding on the coat hanger scene are still great to watch and it is the idea that amazes more than the stunt itself. The first shot was genuinely laugh out loud funny, and many moments after continued to bring a grin. If you are in the mood for a live action Looney Tune then this could be it. Suffers from a climax that is overlong and it is disappointing to see such a strong film lose the comedy towards the end.
January 10, 2009
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

Brilliant, perhaps the finest and most famous of the silent-era comedies. Technically amazing, and hilarious to boot.
October 5, 2007
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