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May 8, 2007
It's not hideous or unwatchable or anything. It's just not very good.
October 25, 2002
Heston is a bit huffy and bombastic, the train crash is amazing (for its time), but it's just like the circus -- too much to see and not enough of any one good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
May 31, 2002
Nem sempre um filme deve ser cegamente alardeado como 'clássico' - mesmo que tenha recebido o Oscar e contado com a direção de um dos maiores cineastas da História.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 24, 2007
Middling circus backstage drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
March 17, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.
August 4, 2002
Bloated, hopelessly creaky spectacle that's as boring now as it was irrelevant in 1952.
| Original Score: 2/5
August 21, 2002
Big, long, ultimately tedious
| Original Score: 2/5
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
December 12, 2006
It won best-picture Oscar for 1952, but God (De Mille's favorite walk-on, strangely absent here) only knows why.
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.
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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.
February 15, 2013
Roll up, roll up! Get your pompous overblown spectacle here!
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.
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
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
March 4, 2005
Clumsy, innocent, awkward, to be sure, but it's never skimpy on the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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