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Modern Times Reviews

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Mark Van Doren
The Nation
January 18, 2013
The film as a whole means no more than Charlie Chaplin means. Nobody has ever been able to say what that is, but by the present showing it is something quite timeless and priceless, and more human than the best of alien words lugged in for definition.
Emanuel Levy
June 17, 2011
Chaplin's hilarious comedy still is one of the most poignant critiques of modernization and mechanization of mass production.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 26, 2010
Perhaps the highlight of Chaplin's late career
| Original Score: 90/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 20, 2010
the fact that it is one of Chaplin's great masterpieces is testament to both his artistic resilience in the face of industry change and the enduring power of great silent comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike Scott
November 18, 2010
Modern Times magically reaches forward through the decades, resonating loudly for these difficult modern times.
| Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 7, 2010
There can be no better description for Modern Times-or indeed, Chaplin's career-than the film's initial title card: "A story of industry, of individual enterprise-humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness." [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Larsen
October 17, 2010 enduring masterpiece that grows more relevant with each passing day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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TIME Magazine
April 27, 2009
It is a gay, impudent and sentimental pantomimic comedy in which even the anachronisms are often as becoming as Charlie Chaplin's cane.

April 1, 2008
Sometimes sentimental yet highly comical, Chaplin's anti-industrialisation statement is wholly idealistic but its topical reflection on industrial paranoia still resonates today.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2008
One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences.
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Variety Staff
June 26, 2007
The picture is grand fun and sound entertainment, though silent. It's the old Chaplin at his best, looking at his best -- young, pathetic and a very funny guy.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
It's the coldest of [Chaplin's] major features, though no less brilliant for it.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2007
The opening sequence in Chaplin's second Depression masterpiece, of the Tramp on the assembly line, is possibly his greatest slapstick encounter with the 20th century.
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
November 9, 2006
Certainly one of Chaplin's greatest...a true comedy classic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.
Mark Bourne
April 14, 2006
What we have is not just a story about a funny little man, but a morality fable, or cautionary tale, about people on the chuckholed road to the American Dream.
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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Do you have to be reminded that Chaplin is a master of pantomime? Time has not changed his genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
March 13, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
A great movie, a funny movie, an important movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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