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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.
½ May 17, 2016
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.
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.
March 21, 2016
Very funny, and considering that it was made before America got involved in WW II, it's pretty ballsy.
½ March 20, 2016
Fascinating on infinite levels. Still poignant and funny (more than its not) after 80+ years. Must see for film students/ filmmakers/ classic film fans
March 4, 2016
One of the greatest comedies/movies ever made. The first talkie by the silent film era God Charlie Chaplin is this spoof of Hitler and Fascist Germany. This movie hits all the right notes, it knows when to be more serious and when to be comedic. And to top it all of, the final scene in the movie is the best movie monologue of all time. Charlie Chaplin's best film
February 27, 2016
An awesome comedy which ends with the greatest speech ever told.
February 4, 2016
Charlie Chaplin's bravery and humor shine throughout the film even when the satire seems drizzle out half way through the second act. Luckily the film has strong finale that is sure to inspire people.
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