Monsieur Verdoux

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Charles Chaplin adds an undercurrent of malice to his comedic persona in Monsieur Verdoux, an unsettling satire that subverts the tramp's image to perversely amusing effect.

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Monsieur Verdoux (Charles Chaplin) is a dapper Parisian family man who loses his job as a bank clerk. In order to support his wife and child, he devises a plan to woo and marry rich widows under a variety of aliases, then murder them for their money. His scheme works until his 14th victim, the loud-mouthed Annabella Bonheur (Martha Raye), proves impossible to kill, and he takes pity on a beautiful but down-on-her-luck prostitute whom he was going to test a poison on.

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Critic Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (1)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5
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    March 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent.

    July 11, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

    June 9, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

    May 13, 2008 | Full Review…
    Variety
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  • Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Monsieur Verdoux

  • Mar 11, 2013
    Except for one touching moment and a hilarious poisoning scene, this uneven "comedy of murders" is of extreme bad taste and has a serious problem in structure and tone - placing a putrid character in such a sloppy attempt at a commentary.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    Damn, only Chaplin could mix a dark movie about bluebeard killing women with some comedy. It's the best dark comedy I've ever seen.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2009
    "Monsieur Verdoux" is a very different Chaplin picture, compared to his earlier Tramp films. But the dark tone of the film does not completely remove his trademark charm, even though he is playing a serial killer. And though murder is the subject throughout the film, the humanity is still there, particularly the final moments of Verdoux's life. I also found the montage about the financial downfall to be brilliantly made. My only personal problem with here is the ending, because I just don't like films ending with an execution that much(except maybe Dead Man Walking). Aside from that, I found this to be a great dark comedy with an energetic and at the same time, melancholic performance by Mr. Chaplin.
    Ivan D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    For some reason I expected this to be funnier, it was very dry.
    Marion R Super Reviewer

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