Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Reviews

January 26, 2018
... a model of the genre, in which we see genius as well as hear about it...
April 14, 2006
The new generations represented here -- Depp, Scorsese, etc. -- remind us that Chaplin's best work does not confine his brilliance to bygone years. Or even to the 20th Century.
March 19, 2004
It's hard to argue with any film that features so much footage of Chaplin at his best.
March 19, 2004
Pity the poor film-school student who will have to sit through this dry-as-dust documentary.
March 11, 2004
Strictly quotidian as a biographical documentary, but the Chaplin comedy clips are peerless.
February 26, 2004
I urge everyone to see it.
February 22, 2004
You'll get more out of watching this documentary than reading another biography on Chaplin.
February 17, 2004
An excellent introduction to one of the towering figures in film.
February 16, 2004
A delightful doc that minimizes talking heads in favor of a treasure trove of excerpts from Chaplin films.
February 15, 2004
Manages to act as a riveting entre for novices to Chaplin's work while providing enough new fare for aficionados.
February 13, 2004
Delivers the facts and illustrates the work with a generous selection of well-chosen clips.
February 13, 2004
It is crammed to the gills with a fine selection of the beloved comic's best work, with talking-head commentary serving to deepen and enrich the enjoyment.
February 13, 2004
It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.
February 13, 2004
A well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.
February 12, 2004
Richard Schickel, a noted film critic and historian, has used the familiar techniques of historical documentary to construct a critical biography of one of the dominant figures in 20th-century popular culture.
February 12, 2004
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll think.
February 12, 2004
Made with enormous affection; the Chaplinesque sentimentality, which so many silent fans cite when voicing a preference for Keaton or Harold Lloyd, is employed here, not exploited.
February 11, 2004
An affectionate and richly illuminating critical documentary.
February 10, 2004
A more than fitting (and long overdue) elegy.
February 10, 2004
A serious, often illuminating, and unavoidably entertaining account of the creature Downey calls 'the most endearing superhero you might ever want to watch.'