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City Lights Reviews

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 21, 2004
The greatest and most touching finale of any film. Chaplin's masterpiece mixes comedy and sentiment. it makes you laugh, then brings a tear to your eye.
| Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
Four years after the sound era began, Charlie Chaplin made a meticulously mimed tragi-comedy that found him at his most sentimental, but no less a genius.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
July 9, 2004
The quintessential Chaplin film — both the most perfectly crafted and the most representative of all the different textures and tones for which he is remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Christopher Null
April 17, 2004
Widely considered Chaplin's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2004
Delicately blends comedy and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 2, 2004
Chaplin always said it was The Gold Rush by which he wanted to be remembered, but a lot of folks think City Lights is his best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 31, 2003
Both funny and touching, this showcases Chaplin at his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
There's really no such thing as Chaplin's best film -- maybe his five or six best -- but City Lights is probably as close as you're going to get to that default title.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Collin Souter
July 21, 2002
City Lights, when watched today, has the feel of an old, personal story being passed down another generation. The ending is, to say the least, sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Chaplin has produced his finest comedy by cleverly blending pathos and comedy.
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
September 25, 2001
A paean to our finest impulses: perhaps Chaplin's finest effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Contains some of Chaplin's great comic sequences.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's an altogether wonderful gem, and one of the five best films the silent era has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the cinema's greatest and most durable masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
January 1, 2000
City Lights (1931), subtitled "A Comedy Romance in Pantomime," is generally viewed as Charlie Chaplin's greatest film -
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
For anyone familiar with Chaplin's work, his trademark perfectionism is never more evident than in City Lights.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Nobody before or since has combined slapstick and poignancy to make such a perfectly timed, perfectly modulated entertainment.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
July 14, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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