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City Lights Reviews

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Alexander Bakshy
The Nation
January 18, 2013
Chaplin's growing seriousness, his desire to be more than a mere comedian have deceived him into holding sentiment more precious than fun.
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Irene Thirer
New York Daily News
January 29, 2016
"City Lights" is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 28, 2012
City Lights gets to the heart of the Tramp. It is a beautiful romance about loving someone for who they are and not their social or economic status - and it features one of the most tear inducing and iconic endings in Hollywood history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A screen gem. Youngsters and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 8, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2008
With its themes of selflessness and grace, as well as its graceful intertwining of comedy and pathos, this is a fine time for a revisit.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
December 2, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 22, 2006
Incredibly powerful and heartbreaking ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Sid Silverman
June 27, 2007
The British comic is still the consummate pantomimist, unquestionably one of the greatest the stage or screen has ever known.
Christopher Null
April 17, 2004
Widely considered Chaplin's best film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 1, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
Nobody before or since has combined slapstick and poignancy to make such a perfectly timed, perfectly modulated entertainment.
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 24, 2004
Delicately blends comedy and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Jardine
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2010
This is one of those rare creatures, the work of a master craftsman in full control of his craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 93/100
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