Modern Times
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This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a Red agitator. Released after foiling a prison break, Chaplin makes the acquaintance of orphaned gamine (Paulette Goddard) and becomes her friend and protector. He takes on several new jobs for her benefit, but every job ends with a quick dismissal and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"It is a gay, impudent and sentimental pantomimic comedy in which even the anachronisms are often as becoming as Charlie Chaplin's cane."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It's the coldest of [Chaplin's] major features, though no less brilliant for it."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The film as a whole means no more than Charlie Chaplin means. Nobody has ever been able to say what that is, but by the present showing it is something quite timeless and priceless, and more human than the best of alien words lugged in for definition."
‑ Mark Van Doren, The Nation
"Perhaps the highlight of Chaplin's late career"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"There can be no better description for Modern Times-or indeed, Chaplin's career-than the film's initial title card: "A story of industry, of individual enterprise-humanity crusading in the pursuit of happiness." [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The opening sequence in Chaplin's second Depression masterpiece, of the Tramp on the assembly line, is possibly his greatest slapstick encounter with the 20th century."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Chaplin's hilarious comedy still is one of the most poignant critiques of modernization and mechanization of mass production."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"the fact that it is one of Chaplin's great masterpieces is testament to both his artistic resilience in the face of industry change and the enduring power of great silent comedy."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
" enduring masterpiece that grows more relevant with each passing day."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The picture is grand fun and sound entertainment, though silent. It's the old Chaplin at his best, looking at his best -- young, pathetic and a very funny guy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Modern Times magically reaches forward through the decades, resonating loudly for these difficult modern times."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Sometimes sentimental yet highly comical, Chaplin's anti-industrialisation statement is wholly idealistic but its topical reflection on industrial paranoia still resonates today."
‑ , Film4
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