Little Caesar
Little Caesar (1931)

The first "talkie" gangster movie to capture the public's imagination, Mervyn LeRoy's Little Caesar started a cycle of crime-related movies that Warner Bros. rode across the ensuing decade and right into World War II with… More

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Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

LeRoy's coldly efficient direction-due less to his own artistry than to the constraints of sound recording in its first years-imposes a static rigor on the action and lends the actor's diction and gestures a sculptural, granitic force.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Edward G. Robinson in the performance of his career.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Little Caesar makes two classic LeRoy joints that I've found perfectly solid...and thoroughly underwhelming, especially when viewed through the prism of their reputations.

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Variety Staff

No director could ask for more than Edward G. Robinson's contribution. Here, no matter what he has to say, he's entirely convincing.

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Dan Jardine

Edward G. Robinson's gravelly snarl and sociopathic disdain for human conventions became the template for countless future gangster anti-heroes

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Feels stilted when stacked up against its tougher depression-era contemporaries.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though it looks somewhat dated now, there's no denying the seminal importance of this classic adaptation of WR Burnett's novel.

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Fernando F. Croce

Faded bronze to The Public Enemy's silver and Scarface's gold, but an enduring bedrock formation all the same

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Christopher Null

Come for Rico, stay for Rico

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Edward G. Robinson's place in cinematic history was made right here with his career-defining turn as the title character in this celebrated early gangster… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Due to the time it was made, the film has a smack of a silent feature, it may be histrionic and overdramatized, but that doesn't keep it from being… More
xGary Xx
A small time criminal moves to the big city and works his way up to become a criminal kingpin. One of the earliest portrayals of a criminal "dynasty",… More
Stella Dallas
in the breakthrough role of a film career spanning more than 50 years, robinson is magnetic as a gangster based on al capone, who was alive and well when this… More
Aj V
A pretty good start at gangster films, but it could have been better.
danny d
this is a solid flick. robinson was great in these gangster roles, and this is one of his classics. there wasnt a stress on things that usually make a film… More

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