The Great Dictator Reviews

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August 5, 2020
More than the expected assemblage of skits, the film attempts to tell a grander, straightforward story, but utilizes too many subplots in the process.
December 26, 2019
The Great Dictator (1940) is director/actor Charlie Chaplin's first full all-talking ("talkie" with dialogue) picture (in a film similar to the Marx Brothers' anti-war comedy Duck Soup (1933)) in which he delivered spoken lines...
October 25, 2019
The Chaplin masterpiece is a mecca of motion-picture art to which the industry's devout will make repeated pilgrimages in future years.
October 17, 2019
The Great Dictator may have been a bold piece of satirical storytelling at the time but the film has aged like fine wine.
July 16, 2019
Chaplin contrasts war's delusions of grandeur against traditional human values: truth, liberty, and justice. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 4, 2017
The lessons remain, and the strength of his statement still inspires his descendants - professional or otherwise - to follow his example.
May 20, 2012
...a great movie because it works as a film, and because it is a document of courage and faith, the prime exhibit in Chaplin's humanist brief ... Dictator is a comedy, the work of a clown, but it is no joke. Chaplin had lethal intent.
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.
May 30, 2011
While it is not the greatest of Charlie Chaplin's feature films, it is certainly his bravest, if not one of the bravest films ever made.
May 20, 2011
...stared evil in the face long before the rest of Hollywood even thought it was possible.
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.
July 22, 2010
Despite the film's weaknesses, Chaplin's lampooning of Hitler is a moment of comic genius, complemented by Jack Oakie's ridiculously exaggerated portrayal of the Mussolini-like Italian fascist
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.
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.
April 15, 2008
February 23, 2008
Chaplin's film hasn't aged well, but in 1940 it was perceived to be original, bold and controversial due to its combination of slapstick satire of Hitler and agit-prop.
December 30, 2006
Though the slapstick may seem tired now, there are moments of greatness.
April 14, 2006
So Chaplin may not have halted a war, but he still left us with more than just a funny movie.
July 30, 2005
Charlie Chaplin's first all-talking feature is a controversial one.
January 13, 2005
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