Reviews

Jul 13, 2021
One of the greatest entertainment values to hit the screen in years.
Jun 17, 2021
the subplots are regularly interrupted by DeMille's extensive documentary footage of the circus, which would work much better if it were substantially shorter and therefore more clearly integrated into the drama
Apr 3, 2021
Did it deserve to win Best Picture? Absolutely not. Does it deserve the designation of worst Best Picture Oscar winner? Absolutely not.
Apr 2, 2021
The Greatest Show on Earth is certainly one of DeMille's grandest undertakings but dubbed one of the worst of all the Oscar Best Picture winners, it isn't his best.
Apr 1, 2021
Curious it is that, in spite of all the scenes. blaringly, glaringly effective which belong specifically to the sawdust ring, both Mr. de Mille and The Greatest Show on Earth are most themselves in the scene of the railway disaster.
Apr 1, 2021
The Greatest Show on Earth, in Technicolor, is great, not only in name but also in fact; it is the best picture that Mr. DeMille has ever made and one of the few best in the history of the motion picture business.
Apr 1, 2021
These players are all excellent, but the real star of The Greatest Show On Earth is the circus itself. Just the miraculous precision with which the circus workers raise the huge canvas tents under which the artists perform is... astonishing.
Apr 1, 2021
De Mille provides the maximum of entertainment in his production, not to speak of glamour, and above all the spirit that forever lurks under the big top.
Apr 1, 2021
A bang-up, big time, full blown movie of a tremendous circus in action.
Aug 22, 2020
This bloated, self-indulgent, insipid, hopelessly sappy, Technicolor monstrosity is about as exciting as watching the face-paint dry on Stewart's lined visage.
Jan 29, 2020
Director Cecil B. deMille, an all-star cast, and the world's biggest circus . . . and the result, to me at least, is mainly a great crashing bore in spite of a few exhilarating moments.
Feb 19, 2019
A vast vulgar strident Technicolored turmoil of circus-life under the biggest Big Top imaginable, and with more clowns, elephants and trapeze artists to any square inch on the globe's surface.
Feb 19, 2019
There is also a troupe of Hollyactors who act out an involved plot calculated to extend the long duration of the picture.
Jan 11, 2019
No merger in the theatrical world has ever come off more stunningly than this meeting of two giants of entertainment - the Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cecil B. DeMille.
Oct 7, 2014
Sprawling circus tale is a visual feast with heavy themes.
Feb 22, 2013
As usual, DeMille megaphones his direction to let us know where we've been, where we are and where we're going, but this is marvellous entertainment, nevertheless.
Feb 15, 2013
Roll up, roll up! Get your pompous overblown spectacle here!
Feb 18, 2009
The movie's plot does not quite hold all this pageantry together, but De Mille's scripters and actors enter into the thing in the proper flamboyant spirit.
Jan 28, 2008
This is the circus with more entertainment, more thrills, more spangles and as much Big Top atmosphere as RB-B&B itself can offer. It's a smash certainty for high-wire grosses.
May 8, 2007
It's not hideous or unwatchable or anything. It's just not very good.