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Partly based on Charlie Chaplin's My Autobiography, this humorous and dramatic biopic features an all-star cast including Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr., Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Kline, Diane Lane, and Chaplin's real-life daughter, Geraldine Chaplin, who portrays his mentally ill mother. With the use of flashback, an elderly Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor (Hopkins), who urges him to be more vulnerable and emotionally honest with his memoirs while journeying through his poverty-stricken childhood, closest friendships, many marriages, merciless pursuit by… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With this reverential biopic, director Richard Attenborough has cranked out a many-reel, talky talkie."
‑ Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Might be of interest to fans of the great comic, but as entertainment it ultimately fails."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"The movie was clearly made with a lot of love, and it has one deciding factor that sells it: Robert Downey Jr."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Robert Downey Jr., does an impressive job as the title character, perfectly recreating Chaplin's range of English accents and mimicking, with astonishing precision, the gait and gestures of the Little Tramp."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lot of loving care (but not much thought) went into this white elephant, and considering how fascinating a figure Chaplin is it's never exactly boring, but your time would be much better spent looking at any of Chaplin's pictures."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Robert Downey Jr. gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance, but Attenborough's disappointingly formulaic biopic doesn't capture Chaplin's genius as artist or his complex life"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A sadly unenlightening attempt to profile the king of clowns."
‑ , Film4
"Robert Downey enhales Chaplin's Autobiography and wears the Little Tramp's persona effectively"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment."
‑ , Time Out
"It's easy to pick out the single major flaw of Chaplin. The narrative is too ambitious."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's a loving and often endearing homage to a man, but as with all things Hollywood, it ain't history"
‑ Christopher Null,
"For all the movie's undisputed competence, grand and inspired moments are thin on the ground."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"Actually, it's a pretty bad movie, but Robert Downey Jr. is so great that you can forget nearly all of the clunky storytelling."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
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