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April 22, 2017
With the amount of German Gibberish and pretty obvious parody of you know who, Charlie Chaplin makes an unforgettable turn as The Great Dictator
½ April 5, 2017
With his first talkie flick, Charlie Chaplin decides to make a powerful movie, following "Modern Times", which he uses to protest against war and human malice! The speech scene is the most great and memorable one in cinema history. Without never forgetting about the current drama, Chaplin still could make the audience laugh and have hope!
½ February 14, 2017
It is far from Chaplin's best and makes light of a lot of Hitler's organization before the full extent of it was known.

However, the final speech at the end is easily one of the greatest speeches ever made. Those 4 minutes make the whole thing worth it. Those 4 minutes are so inspiring and lovely that I will put them as required viewing for all humanity!
February 5, 2017
A terrible idea for a movie. Charlie Chaplin should have known better. The mostly positive reviews are ludicrous. This is an unspectacular and boring film that I wouldn't recommend to anybody. (First and only viewing - 3/5/2014)
½ January 29, 2017
A historically important satirical film. Chaplin delivers one of the greatest speeches on the true and loving nature of the human soul. One of the best endings of any film.
January 29, 2017
Chaplin seamlessly makes the transfer to talking films in this brilliant comedy about dictatorship. It's a completely audacious film. It really blows my mind to think about the bravery which was put forth in making this film. Firstly, Chaplin went after Hitler before even America did. He made Hitler and his correspondence out to be a completely foolish organization. Having this come out at that time with the message it has is really mind blowing. Although today it may seem to making light of the situation which happened, it's important to see the satire beneath the comedy.
January 16, 2017
Relevant in every age.
January 9, 2017
Brilliant film, even after more than 75 years.
October 25, 2016
Equal parts gut-bustingly hilarious and tensely electric, Charlie Chaplin's Hitler satire proves itself not only of America's view on Nazi Germany at the time, but also a reliably manic and ingenious turn for the classic Tramp in the world of sound.
October 15, 2016
it took some reel balls (cahones) 2 stand up 2 hitler and say what ur doing is wrong!
September 13, 2016
Wonderful, funny, beautiful film.
August 25, 2016
Not my favorite Chaplin. Prefer less words. But...considering the time in whichit was made. Very powerful.
August 11, 2016
A satirical Prince and the Pauper with deep political subtext. Laugh-out-loud hilarious!
July 3, 2016
One of the greatest comedies I've ever seen.
Super Reviewer
May 1, 2016
It's a little less great than people are willing to admit (a lot of Chaplin's comedic sensibilities at this time were still entrenched in antics that work better in silent movies) but there's so much to admire here and the parody of Nazi Germany holds up remarkably well.
April 22, 2016
The Great Dictator (1940) ????
Unusual, truly hilarious comedy with Charlie playing both Hitler-like dictator and Jewish barber. Charlie's first talky is a remarkable movie going experience, not just as comedy but as an effective commentary on the wrongness of dictatorship (the ending scene is very unexpected). Still, not quite up to par with MODERN TIMES, CITY LIGHTS, etc.
½ April 22, 2016
One of the funniest opening sequences followed by a highly audacious, extravagant, contemporary and darkly hilarious work of Charlie Chaplin ending with a rousing poignant speech. While playing his run-of-the-mill tramp character with his usual flourish, Chaplin delivered a masterstroke as Hynkel - a mockery of Hitler by generating laughs from the eccentricity and egotistic nature of the character. By making a comedy out of the highly precarious situation of the Jews exactly during the full blown Holocaust might have garnered a reputation for bad taste, but enough care was taken not to hurt feelings and all the angst is directed towards the fascists.

A Jewish Barber (Charles Chaplin) suffers amnesia after getting injured in the war saving a General. The barber remains contained in a hospital staying ignorant to the ascent of a tyrant Hynkel - the eccentric dictator of Tomania (Charles Chaplin again) and the condition of his kind. When he stands up to the harassing fascist soldiers after walking into the turbulent world he earns love of Hannah (Paulette Goddard) but wrath from the fascists saved timely by the General. Meanwhile Hynkel is plotting to invade Osterlich by tricking Napolini, the dictator of Bacteria into pulling back their army.

Charles Chaplin is already a legend in playing the tramp character, but Hynkel was a different ballgame for him. It is a character of aggression, superiority and eccentricity but still clumsy as the tramp. The war sequences, rich palace settings elevates the scale of the movie compared to his previous outing, an equally magnificent 'Modern Times'. Chaplin is a gifted all rounder with a profound writing talent that always portrays the triumph of looking at life in positive outset and a sense of humor. The background score is melodious and rich according the situations. Paulette Goddard looks aged and heavy compared to 'Modern Times' but retains the charm and infective energy she possessed there. The remaining actors and the technical departments do an apt job in putting together this masterpiece.

Audacious, extravagant, contemporary and darkly hilarious
March 24, 2016
great combo of political satire and Chaplin slapstick, and holds up extremely well. Happy I finally got a chance to watch it.
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