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The Greatest Show on Earth Reviews

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October 7, 2014
Sprawling circus tale is a visual feast with heavy themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2013
Roll up, roll up! Get your pompous overblown spectacle here!
Top Critic
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 12, 2006
It's big, it's garish, it's loud, and most of all, it's wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 21, 2006
Fun DeMille full of spectacle and flashy stars...and a great train wreck.
| Original Score: 5/5
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).
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 4, 2005
Clumsy, innocent, awkward, to be sure, but it's never skimpy on the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
The great showman of the movies has packed everything into this one picture. It has comedy, drama, thrills, melodrama, tragedy and great heart appeal.
November 5, 2003
A shoddy Best Picture.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2003
A great big lumpen mass of a movie that won a couple of Oscars (including one for Best Picture) and is studded with stars, but ultimately collapses under the weight of the clichés it carries round with it.
May 20, 2003
Two American institutions have combined to put out a piece of entertainment that will delight movie audiences for years.
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