Chaplin Reviews

September 25, 2012
Might be of interest to fans of the great comic, but as entertainment it ultimately fails.
September 7, 2011
August 16, 2011
Robert Downey Jr. gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance, but Attenborough's disappointingly formulaic biopic doesn't capture Chaplin's genius as artist or his complex life
February 27, 2008
A sadly unenlightening attempt to profile the king of clowns.
February 27, 2008
With this reverential biopic, director Richard Attenborough has cranked out a many-reel, talky talkie.
February 27, 2008
A lot of loving care (but not much thought) went into this white elephant, and considering how fascinating a figure Chaplin is it's never exactly boring, but your time would be much better spent looking at any of Chaplin's pictures.
July 29, 2007
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment.
July 14, 2005
August 10, 2004
Earnest but misguided biopic
June 11, 2004
May 20, 2003
It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air.
March 27, 2003
May 12, 2001
The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific.
January 1, 2000
It's a monumental biopic that cheapens the hero's successes by glossing over the failures that surely also shaped the man.
January 1, 2000
The movie indulges in a rather stale flashback procedure.
January 1, 2000
This is a disappointing, misguided movie that has all of the parts in place to be a much better one.
January 1, 2000
This film wanders and dallies and much of it is fun to watch, but you really know about as much about Chaplin when you leave the theatre as when you enter, and what's missing is the magic.
January 1, 2000
It's easy to pick out the single major flaw of Chaplin. The narrative is too ambitious.
December 18, 1992