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The Great Dictator Reviews

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William Goss
June 1, 2011
The first full-blown talkie from the biggest star of the silent era, complete with a message that Chaplin couldn't have sent more loudly or clearly.
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TIME Magazine
September 3, 2010
Through no fault of Chaplin's, during the two years he was at work on the picture dictators became too sinister for comedy.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2010
Chaplin is at his most profound in suggesting that there is much of the Tramp in the Dictator, and much of the Dictator in the Tramp.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 23, 2009
Like all major Chaplin works, Dictator was a cheaply, but methodically, made film, a cardboard act of humanist defiance, and, thanks to its purity of purpose, the cheesier the jokes get, the harder they land.
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Variety Staff
October 9, 2008
It's when he is playing the dictator that the comedian's voice raises the value of the comedy content of the picture to great heights.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The representation of Hitler is vaudeville goonery all the way, but minus the acid wit and inventive energy that Groucho Marx managed.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is a funny film, which we expect from Chaplin, and a brave one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter
July 26, 2003
The film remains controversial to this day.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Now that the waiting is over and the shivers of suspense at an end, let the trumpets be sounded and the banners flung against the sky.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5