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Safety Last! Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 22, 2016
... the most famous of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies and first of his "thrill pictures," films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy...
Sarah Boslaugh
December 27, 2015 of Lloyd's best films, combining a touching romantic plot with some amazing stunt work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes
December 9, 2015
The climb itself is a masterful feat of physical acting and comic timing, surpassed only by the best works of Chaplin and Keaton.
Eric Melin
July 22, 2013
... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
July 11, 2013
You'll believe a man can die.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 12, 2013
The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
May 27, 2013
Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy. He had to work at it and he let his difficulty show, but not entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jamie S. Rich
May 2, 2013
As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
March 18, 2013
Harold Lloyd manages to make the characters sympathetic enough to carry the audience's concern on his journey of crazy stunts and mishaps. One of the best of this era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery
December 17, 2010
Harold Lloyd at his very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 11, 2009
This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.
Steve Crum
May 22, 2008
One of Harold Lloyd's funniest comedies, and silent.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 11, 2006
I laughed more at some of the scenes with Harold in the store than I did at the climb itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 17, 2005
On video, Safety Last! is a certified treat, but in packed movie houses, with audiences invariably gasping and giggling on every cue, it's a near-religious experience. [Criterion Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 10, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 10, 2004
Might be the best film of acclaimed comedian Harold Lloyd's silent film days.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 15, 2003
Lloyd's most famous film with the great building climbing climax.
| Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
No words are necessary to illustrate Lloyd's genius as he gets into deeper and deeper trouble.
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