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½ February 7, 2015
- I really enjoyed this one, just watched again on Blu-ray. I have even more appreciation for Downey's performance after recently re-watching several of Chaplin's classic films. This is an excellent way to enter into the World of Chaplin and will inspire you to watch, or re-watch his best films as there are several clips featured here. Give it a try!

- I enjoyed this one a lot as Chaplin has such a fascinating story and it's a really good performance from Robert Downey Jr.. Check it out!
½ January 9, 2015
Downey Jr.s best movie. And it's one of the ones he talks less in, so go figure. He was ahead of his time in his acting abilities, and his acting intellect shines through. The Biopic about Chaplin was fun and entertaining and very nice in some places with great emotional sadness in others. On the whole I enjoyed the film, because I see myself as being somewhat of a Chaplin, myself. Four and a half stars here, possibly more on a better day.
½ December 6, 2014
For a production of such a big scale you ask the question if they could have worked with a better production team.
Actors often play shallow roles especially Chaplin's mother. The lighting and camera movements are very monotonous and boring. Editing is incredibly bad and amateurish. Soundtracks are not the best too.
However, a good lead played by Downey Jr. and a decent recollection of the life of one the most influential men ever, along with good set design work make it far from a failure.
Being a huge fan of Chaplin. A biopic on him was a must see for me. But I must say that his very interesting life could easily been better shown by a better team which we would hopefully see in the future.
For the fans of Chaplin curious to know about his drama filled life story, give it a go.
December 2, 2014
A very well done film about one of the funniest yet saddest people in the history of Hollywood.
Super Reviewer
½ November 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.
November 27, 2014
Good movie. Don't like how many dramatic liberties they took on Chaplin's life because his life was interesting enough to make a good three hour or so movie. RDJ's performance is really what makes this worth wild
November 18, 2014
Great biopic of Charlie Chaplin. Robert Downey Jr is fantastic. Definitely one for classic film fans.
November 10, 2014
Brilliant movie on a brilliant man.

Charlie Chaplin is one of the greatest entertainers of all time, if not THE greatest. A visionary and pioneer in the art of motion pictures. Incredibly talented, he not only wrote, directed and starred in his movies, he also composed much of the scores.

This movie details his rise to fame, his trials and tribulations as a star, his inspirations and artistic genius, his relationships and scandals.

A superb telling of his life by Richard Attenborough.

The movie is made, however, by Robert Downey Jr's excellent performance as Chaplin. A great reminder of his acting talent (especially now that he mostly does comic book action-hero roles. Easier money, I guess...).

Great supporting cast: Kevin Kline as Douglas Fairbanks, Geraldine Chaplin (Chaplin's real-life daughter) playing Chaplin's mother (her real-life grandmother), Paul Rhys, John Thaw, Moira Kelly (in two roles), Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Diane Lane, James Woods and Milla Jovovich, plus David Duchovny in a minor role.

A must-see, not just because it is a biopic on one of history's greatest geniuses, but also for Robert Downey Jr's performance.
September 28, 2014
Robert was too young when he portrayed Chaplin. But he did a wonderful job.
September 24, 2014
Horribly cheesy. The makeup was awful. It had a touching sentimentality to it, which eventually morphed into sappy melodrama. I didn't learn too much about Chaplin despite the two and a half hour run time, and even then it was hard to know how much of the material was accurate. Downey Jr. did a good job, but didn't necessarily blow me away.
½ September 21, 2014
RDJ does a stunning job making the viewer really believe that he was 'The Kid'.
September 11, 2014
Of course this movie was phenomenal. The cast was fantastic especially Robert Downey, Jr. I could go on and on but the truth of it is my favorite parts were the ones where scenes in Charlie Chaplin's real life were staged as if they were scenes from his silent films. My favorite was when he was in Utah trying to finish his movie The Kid in secrecy.
September 9, 2014
Adapting the life of one of Hollywood's first onscreen stars, the Silent-Era king of slapstick comedy Charlie Chaplin, into a big studio production makes a whole ton of sense with 1992s (Oscar Bait) biopic Chaplin. The production is grand, the cast impressively large, spearheaded with fine (if predictable) directing and all tied together via a classic story structure trope that will pull at the heart strings-an old Chaplin reminiscing about his life and speaking aloud for it to visualize in flashback-leaves nothing in the film feeling necessarily new, but it is executed well. Robert Downey Jr.'s performance of the charismatic Charlie (both young and old) is consistent across the lifetime he portrays him. Although Downey Jr. has the "look" of Chaplin-eerily channeling the former Vaudevillian when dressed in the classic "Tramp" costume to perfection-he unfortunately lacks the bodily flexibility that made the original Chaplin so enduring and funny. It wouldn't be as apparent if it weren't for scenes of Chaplin's actual films being shown. The contrast between the "real" Chaplin and Downey Jr. "acting" as Chaplin sticks out and one wonders why they didn't just re-create many of the scenes they show. This aside, part of the attraction of the film is to see Chaplin's thinking process and how it manifested on screen, showing that he was a visionary and a pioneer in the (literal) Wild West of moviemaking. Many of the things he went through in life become the catalyst of his inspirations-immigration being one of them, women another-but the way it is executed is problematic. The film merely teases what the real Chaplin struggled with; gifting him resolutions without much conflict. A problem is gone and replaced with a solution as often as Charlie has a new love interest beside him. As we see these glimpses of inspiration and drama, it is quickly shined over by some Hollywoodland glitz and glamour, resulting in Chaplin feeling like a Tinseltown fairytale. Although the film doesn't present the gravitas of consequence (like being banned from the United States for example), it is still an effective journey through the eyes of someone who just wanted to make people laugh and dream. When the lights turn on and the audience begin to leave the theater, Chaplin won't live up to its namesake's legacy, but for a peek into one of Hollywood's most esteemed individuals, you wouldn't expect it to be any less glamorous than Hollywood itself-a place where dreams are made of.
Super Reviewer
September 5, 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.
September 4, 2014
A perfectly good bio of one of early Hollywood's brightest stars. Downey Jr plays the unique Chaplin using a combination of fine physical performance art, as well as the intelligent, and somewhat flawed side to the great man that is pretty terrific. There's plenty for fans of early cinema to enjoy with fine detail regarding production and even the screenings themselves, which is something actually quite rare to see. Chaplin did lead quite a long and eventful life (a lot of movies, wives and children, claims of being a communist, rise and fall in popularity), and at nearly 2 and a half hours long this still really struggles to fit everything in as his wives come and go scene by scene without really knowing anything much about them. This was always going to be a slightly too ambitious project, and it is flawed, but it's still a very notable attempt to recreate the life of an icon.
September 3, 2014
I was so happy to see Netflix has this now. The genius of Robert Downey, Jr. at his finest. Watched again for the first time in forever. I cried again. Such a beautiful movie.
August 31, 2014
Fabulous film! Was totally engrossed by it!
August 24, 2014
Downey Jr. has a great acting career with notable roles (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes), and "Chaplin" is definitely one of them as his role as the famous silent comedian is his probable best. This biopic of Charles Chaplin follows its sources really well, making this a great tribute of the legend, capturing the heart, laughs, and emotions Chaplin had faced that was putted into his films. But the emotions were over-dramatized by the movie drama cloth. Although, the cloth also shows good production values and its cast. (B+)

(Full review coming soon)
August 22, 2014
For any film aficionados and self proclaimed fans of the late Chaplin immense and unique work, this film plays like a love letter and homage to the artist. The film is very well written and marvelously shot and acted. It has flaws of course, how can one resume such a life in 2.30 hours? But the film will ravish audiences by it's marvelous double tone that suits and embrace the work of chaplin as a comic and also a dramaturge. Let's not forget that most chaplin movies are highly critical of the social problems of his own era wonderfully dressed up in farces and jokes but always with a tender heart. Chaplin was a magnificent entertainer and someone who was fearless for his time. This film manages to capture his aura and will leave you with both tears and laughter in your heart. Definitely a film that says a lot and says it intelligently and wonderfully. Sir Attenborough you made something quite special here ... thanks for this beautiful piece of cinema.
August 12, 2014
The life and times of Charlie Chaplin: from his first stage performance before the age of ten to Vaudeville, to Mack Sennett's movies, to making his own movies, to winning an Oscar. Robert Downey Jr. was a great casting choice in the film, the movie started of great but then the movie went a bit boring.
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