Chaplin Reviews

January 3, 2018
Downey has a perfect ear for the Chaplin accent, the way it climbed from Cockney to minced posh, and a perfect boot and fist for the slapstick; the one thing he doesn't have is an eye on his own brilliance.
September 7, 2011
February 27, 2008
For all the movie's undisputed competence, grand and inspired moments are thin on the ground.
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.
June 24, 2006
Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment.
October 21, 2005
Actually, it's a pretty bad movie, but Robert Downey Jr. is so great that you can forget nearly all of the clunky storytelling.
August 15, 2004
Worthwhile for Downey's magnificent portrayal.
May 20, 2003
It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air.
May 12, 2001
The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific.
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
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
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
The movie indulges in a rather stale flashback procedure.
January 1, 2000
It's easy to pick out the single major flaw of Chaplin. The narrative is too ambitious.
December 18, 1992