Limelight
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: 96% 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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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Chaplin, as usual, is the whole show, superb in this swansong statement about his own career and the old-style entertainment he best represented.

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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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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Elements of self parody from the master of slapstick leave you yearning for the early work that made his name. But it's worth a watch to see Chaplin and Keaton in one of few on-screen appearances together.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Limelight seems stuck in time, even for 1952. The un-ironic pathos and sentimental humanism seems almost quaint in the post-Hitler world. But that's Chaplin for you - a man who lived by, and wrote, his own rules.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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 Verser
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

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