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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 26, 2010
Perhaps the highlight of Chaplin's late career
| Original Score: 90/100
Top Critic
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.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 18, 2002
Children will adore the slapstick in this movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.
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
Mike Scott
November 18, 2010
Modern Times magically reaches forward through the decades, resonating loudly for these difficult modern times.
| Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
March 13, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 21, 2004
The film skewers the mechanization of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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+
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 18, 2005
A great movie, a funny movie, an important movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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+
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