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Modern Times Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2005
Chaplin's last silent and the last time he uses his signature character of the Little Tramp.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
November 22, 2004
A masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 22, 2004
Good physical comedy will always be funny, and Chaplin was a master.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 28, 2004
Finds the comedy in the dashing of hopes, though it has both the verve to be funny for funny's sake when it feels the urge and the fortitude not to tidy up every dark stroke.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 9, 2004
A terrific satire of the industrial age.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2004
The film skewers the mechanization of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
The mechanical feeding sequence in Modern Times is probably the funniest routine in cinema history.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 26, 2004
Chaplin's satiric dissection of the economy circa 1936 looks downright prescient.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 16, 2004
The film's structure flew in the face of accepted wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 16, 2004
The fact that the film is still playing in theaters today is a testament to its effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
December 26, 2003
The great comedian's finest comedies on the big screen.
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 26, 2003
Modern Times is an ungainly masterpiece, but Chaplin's ungainliness is something one can grow fond of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 26, 2003
Chaplin's sentimental politics and peerless comic invention dovetailed more perfectly in this film than in any other he made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 23, 2003
Remains Chaplin's most sustained burlesque of authority.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 27, 2003
Brilliant Chapling satire with a bit of romance. His last non-talkie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Apesar do roteiro não ter muito foco, o filme é maravilhoso, traz alguns dos melhores momentos de Chaplin e uma trilha sonora inesquecível (a melhor que compôs em sua carreira).
| Original Score: 5/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
July 14, 2003
Charlie Chaplin is the Orson Welles of comedy. One of his funniest silent films is Modern Times, a brilliant spoof on technology that's more stinging today than back in its 1936 release year.
| Original Score: 5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 10, 2003
If the world is trying to suppress the little man, what better figure to rally against it than the ultimate little man, Chaplin's Little Tramp.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Hollywood Reporter
May 21, 2003
The picture is a two-hour almost continuous gale of laughter with sidesplitting gags generously distributed throughout the five major sequences and the several minor ones.
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