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The Greatest Show on Earth Reviews

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TIME Magazine
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.
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Herb Golden
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.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
December 12, 2006
It won best-picture Oscar for 1952, but God (De Mille's favorite walk-on, strangely absent here) only knows why.
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
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.
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Kate Cameron
New York Daily News
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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Two American institutions have combined to put out a piece of entertainment that will delight movie audiences for years.