Chaplin 1992

Chaplin

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Chaplin boasts a terrific performance from Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role, but it isn't enough to overcome a formulaic biopic that pales in comparison to its subject's classic films.

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Re-creation of the life of comic genius Charlie Chaplin, from his humble beginnings in south London through his early days in British vaudeville, his silent movie career in America and his late masterpieces. His turbulent personal life saw four marriages and an enforced exile from the US - though he returned to receive an honorary Oscar in 1972.

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Robert Downey Jr.
Charles Chaplin
Dan Aykroyd
Mack Sennett
Geraldine Chaplin
Hannah Chaplin
Kevin Dunn
J. Edgar Hoover
Anthony Hopkins
George Hayden
Milla Jovovich
Mildred Harris
Moira Kelly
Hetty Kelly, Oona O'Neill Chaplin
Kevin Kline
Douglas Fairbanks
Diane Lane
Paulette Goddard
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Critic Reviews for Chaplin

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Audience Reviews for Chaplin

  • Mar 17, 2020
    High production values are the star in this tiniest of peeks at the life of Charlie Chaplin, really no more than a recitation of his greatest hits with slight asides given to his actual history. Robert Downey shoulders the proceedings gamely as a reporter (Anthony Hopkins) lightly questions some few life choices Chaplin made - specifically the youth of his romantic conquests (given slight cause by a missed youthful romance). But for the effort behind this postcard from the silent era, this is made-for-TV grade stuff, given gloss by the star cast, only worthwhile as the subject matter is greater than the presentation.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2014
    A stupendous biopic centered on the life of the perfectionist genius obsessed with his work that was Charles Chaplin, and it boasts a spectacular production design, a marvelous script, a beautiful score and Robert Downey Jr. in one of his most amazing performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2014
    The film may be a series of broad brush strokes of Chaplin's life but as an introduction to the man and his work this is a great place to start. The whole thing is held together by a brilliant performance from Downey Jnr, playing Chaplin convincingly at different stages of his life. I don't think this was recognised enough at the time and although he was nominated for an Oscar I feel there's a strong case for him winning it. As Chaplin gets older more make-up is applied to Downey Jnr but even under all that he still convinces as the character. You only have to look at a film like 'J Edgar' to see how difficult it is to maintain a realistic performance under a lot of make-up (they didn't achieve it) and all I can think of is that Downey Jnr suffered from the poor plotting of the film. However that shouldn't have taken away from his achievement in the role. Downey Jnr is supported by a starry cast and the period feel is brilliantly recreated by Attenborough. Top that off with a moving score by John Barry and you have a film I will enjoy returning to again and again.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2012
    Such a good movie and cast! Robert Downey, Jr, gives one of his best performances.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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