The Circus Reviews

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July 25, 2020
Though not without striking qualities by itself, it serves best as a poignant stepping stone to the auteur's later, more famous projects.
January 9, 2020
...one of [Chaplin's] most unforgettable and melancholy films, one filled to the brim with unforgettable gags and set pieces.
November 10, 2019
while it is hardly Chaplin's best film, The Circus is packed with enough memorable moments, a few of which rank among Chaplin's greatest comic achievements, to stand firmly on its own
October 16, 2019
A sad clown masterwork that masks its tears with a smile.
September 28, 2019
Even if it doesn't quite match the immortal likes of Modern Times or City Lights, The Circus still registers as prime Chaplin.
March 19, 2019
...a meta-commentary on Chaplin's own comic genius.
June 13, 2018
The Circus is a magnificent film -- a mental tonic and a good hour's physical exercise. No one should miss it.
August 17, 2011
It is the political subtext and discussion of capitalism vs. communism that is the saving grace of The Circus, since the surface material, comprised of frantic slapstick mixed with maudlin and melodrama, is very standard for Chaplin.
July 15, 2010
sort of B-grade alternative to City Lights
July 14, 2010
It's a brilliant combination of light and darkness, tenderness and violence and, yes, laughter and tears.
July 14, 2010
There's an edge to The Circus that suggests a man gazing deep into the void, laughing at the darkness and urging us to do the same.
July 11, 2010
The Circus may be the film that most definitively silences critics who claim that Charlie Chaplin's movies aren't cinematic.
May 26, 2010
Innovative and timelessly hilarious.
April 14, 2006
In some ways The Circus is Chaplin's Stardust Memories, his reflexive self-observation in which Woody Allen's line, 'We like your earlier, funny movies,' flashes subliminally among the frames.
December 11, 2005
Chaplin's slapstick comedy worked to great effect.
June 1, 2005
November 16, 2004
Chaplin's most underrated, consistently hysterical, and imaginative picture.
November 5, 2004
Receiving his first Best Actor Oscar nomination, Chaplin is brilliant in this slapstick comedy, set in a milieu that fits him like a glove.
October 28, 2004
July 20, 2004
It's a beautiful film and perhaps more personal that anyone might have suspected at the time.
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