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  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Presents a refreshing appreciation of Chaplin's work in the context of comedy, political and social satire, and history itself. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Schickel's documentary, narrated by Sydney Pollack, breaks no new ground stylistically, but it is a well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure. show more

  • 88
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    More than a celebration of Chaplin's art; it is a thorough examination of what made this gifted artist, the world's first true celebrity, tick. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Comprehensive and reverential. show more

  • 91
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The nature of silent comedy was to elevate its heroes into myths, but after ''Charlie'' I can't wait to see Chaplin's movies again, this time to glimpse the man on the other side of the icon. show more

  • 90
    David Stratton Variety

    A throughly researched and extremely informative survey of the life and work of one of the great figures of world cinema, Richard Schickel's Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin is a must for lovers of cinema. show more

  • 80
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    The hyperbole can be predictable and the clichés earnest, but by and large, Charlie is a serious, often illuminating, and unavoidably entertaining account of the creature Downey calls "the most endearing superhero you might ever want to watch." show more

  • 80
    Dana Stevens The New York Times

    Very much a writer's film: Mr. Schickel's elegant, occasionally knotty prose, read by Sidney Pollack, offers a clear, nuanced interpretation of the artist's work in relation to his life. show more

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