The Greatest Show on Earth Reviews

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August 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.
January 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.
February 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.
February 19, 2019
There is also a troupe of Hollyactors who act out an involved plot calculated to extend the long duration of the picture.
January 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.
October 7, 2014
Sprawling circus tale is a visual feast with heavy themes.
February 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.
February 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.
January 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.
January 24, 2007
Middling circus backstage drama.
December 12, 2006
It's big, it's garish, it's loud, and most of all, it's wonderful.
December 12, 2006
It won best-picture Oscar for 1952, but God (De Mille's favorite walk-on, strangely absent here) only knows why.
October 31, 2006
A Soap Opera under the big top, The Greatest Show on Earth features little in the way of a plot and more in the line of a hollow spectacle.
July 21, 2006
Fun DeMille full of spectacle and flashy stars...and a great train wreck.
June 24, 2006
Characteristically elephantine Big Top epic from DeMille, thumped across with a winning brashness and garnering the veteran showman his first Best Picture Oscar.
December 22, 2005
One of the worst films to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, Cecil B. DeMille's melodramatic circus adventure starring Jimmy Stewart and Charlton Heston inexplicably won the writing award (the called Motion Picture Story).
March 4, 2005
Clumsy, innocent, awkward, to be sure, but it's never skimpy on the fun.
November 19, 2004
The Academy Award for Best Picture has been bestowed on any number of unworthy candidates over the years, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one less deserving than The Greatest Show on Earth.
May 8, 2004
It's an entertaining film, but it's certainly no masterpieceand doesn't really stand up to the year's other offerings.
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