Limelight (1952)

London, 1914. Calvero (Charles Chaplin), a once-great music hall comedian, weaves drunkenly home to his shabby flat. As he arrives home, he is suddenly sobered by a bad smell. It isn't his shoes, as he originally assumes, but the smell… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 28, 2011
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What comes through most clearly in Limelight, however, is that Chaplin had come to terms with his life.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Neither comedy nor tragedy altogether, it is a brilliant weaving of comic and tragic strands, eloquent, tearful and beguiling with supreme virtuosity.

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Eric Melin

It was Chaplin's last great film, and it showcases not just a love for the performing arts (she's a ballerina, he's a vaudevillian), but also Chaplin's effortless sentimentality.

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TIME Magazine

Intended as a tragicomedy, if not a tearjerker, it is a two-thirds bore that comes to life in the last half-hour or so, when the old-master clown stops trying to be pathetic and reverts to his inimitable proper stuff.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Few cinema artists have delved into their own lives and emotions with such ruthlessness and with such moving results.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This somewhat autobiographical piece goes heavy on the melodrama and employs humor in short bursts.

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Variety Staff

Departing from most forms of Hollywood stereotype, the film has a flavor all its own in the sincere quality of the story anent the onetime great vaudemime and his rescue of a femme ballet student.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Charles Chaplin's 1952 film is overlong, visually flat, episodically constructed, and a masterpiece.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Some have also accused Limelight of being too sentimental, but we'd argue that's part of its charm.

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Carlos Magalh„es
A deeply heartfelt story that doesn't need too much effort to make us feel for and care about the genuine connection that grows between the two central… More
Pierluigi Puccini
bittersweet reflection on Chaplin's own career. full of his characteristic bonhomie and tenderness. Buster Keaton's appearance marked the first and… More
Michael Gildea
Limelight is an incredibly beautiful, incredibly sad and at points incredibly funny movie. The cinematography is outstanding and the set design (namely during… More
Byron Brubaker
I watched this when Hulu offered a free weekend of Criterion Collection films. "The glamour of limelight, from which age must pass as youth enters."… More
Aj V
An interesting late Chaplin film, the highlight of Limelight for me was the scene with Keaton, other than that I found the movie pretty boring, but if… More
Dillon Lupky
Even though I believe he ended up making a few more movies after this, 'Limelight' is clearly Charlie Chaplin's swan song. It could be called… More