Monsieur Verdoux
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

"Von Clausewitz said that war is the logical extension of diplomacy; Monsieur Verdoux feels that murder is the logical extension of business." With his controversial "comedy of murders" Monsieur Verdoux, Charles Chaplin… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 16, 2000
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent.

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Variety

Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The film's cynical vision is as lucid as it is unrelenting.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

Monsieur Verdoux is the spirit of modernity taken to its darkest extreme. It may be immortal.

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Time Out

Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a pitch-black, arguably bitter comedy that wasn't so much a departure for Chaplin (he had, after all, lampooned Hitler in his previous film) as it was an opportunity to fully engage with his darker comedic impulses

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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture

In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

An engrossingly wry and paradoxical film, screamingly funny in places, sentimental in others, sometimes slow and devoted to an unusually serious and sobering argument.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Simultaneously ethical and unethical, the snappily dressed Verdoux exists as an extraordinary challenge to capitalism's status quo during its seismic swing toward fascism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Except for one touching moment and a hilarious poisoning scene, this uneven "comedy of murders" is of extreme bad taste and has a serious problem in… More
Dimitris Springer
The only time I can sympathize with a criminal who...kills for a reason!Chaplin is a true innovator of ludicrous sarcasm and...bitter,social commentary.
Pierluigi Puccini
The greatest comedian of all time finally leaves behind 'The Tramp' the character that made him famous, and here plays a serial killer, a very affable… More
Marion Ravenwood
For some reason I expected this to be funnier, it was very dry.
Jennifer Xu
This reminded me a lot of Kind Hearts and Coronets, where the murder attempts are just so hilariously wicked you overlook the immorality of it all (seriously,… More
Ivan Descartin
"Monsieur Verdoux" is a very different Chaplin picture, compared to his earlier Tramp films. But the dark tone of the film does not completely remove… More