Monsieur Verdoux
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"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 makes his final, definitive break with the Little Tramp character that had brought him fame and fortune. Verdoux (Chaplin), a mild-mannered family man of pre-war France, has hit upon a novel method of supporting his loved ones. He periodically heads out of town, assumes an alias, marries a foolish, wealthy woman, then murders her for the insurance money. He… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"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."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons."
‑ , Variety
"The film's cynical vision is as lucid as it is unrelenting."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Monsieur Verdoux can boast a screenplay with a highly unusual moral complexity and a deeply philosophical bent...Yes, Verdoux is a film that name-drops Schopenhauer, but it's also damn funny... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"As it is, Monsieur Verdoux is a curiosity with flashes of brilliance, but definitely not one of Chaplin's best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Monsieur Verdoux is the spirit of modernity taken to its darkest extreme. It may be immortal."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work."
‑ , Time Out
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Thoungh misunderstood and a commercial flop in 1947, Chaplin's murderous satire has many merits, including Oscar nomination for Original Script."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gives one a greater sense of Chaplin's political breadth from his previous work."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece."
‑ Sara Cardace, New York Magazine
"An engrossingly wry and paradoxical film, screamingly funny in places, sentimental in others, sometimes slow and devoted to an unusually serious and sobering argument."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Simultaneously ethical and unethical, the snappily dressed Verdoux exists as an extraordinary challenge to capitalism's status quo during its seismic swing toward fascism."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It's not often you find Charlie Chaplin in the rare role of a villain, but he does nice work in this small tale of lies and murder."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The intensely felt social criticism that audiences had seen growing in Modern Times and especially The Great Dictator is elevated to an astonishing level of sarcasm and subversive irony."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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