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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.
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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
Variety
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
The mechanical feeding sequence in Modern Times is probably the funniest routine in cinema history.
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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.
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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.