Safety Last!
Safety Last! (1923)

After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era's "third genius" was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of an average country boy trying to make good in the big city. The Boy (Lloyd) leaves… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 18, 2013
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The climb has both comic and dramatic weight because it is both a thrilling exercise in physical humor and a thematically rich evocation of the pressures men feel to succeed, lest they be viewed as less than a man

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick.

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Eric Melin

... a briskly paced thrill comedy with memorable gag after memorable gag, and a surprising dark streak.

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Cole Smithey

Of the great silent film comedians, Harold Lloyd stood apart from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton by virtue of his everyman approach to physical comedy. He had to work at it and he let his difficulty show, but not entirely.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

You'll believe a man can die.

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Jamie S. Rich

As a personality, Lloyd is a combination of silly and sweet, but his true star power comes from his daring athleticism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
harold lloyd is so cute :)
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]I have seen plenty of silent comedies starring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton before but I really do not think I had seen… More
Luke Baldock
Enjoyable slapstick comedy with a lot of inventiveness that still impresses. Simple shots such as the hiding on the coat hanger scene are still great to watch… More
Chris Browning
Being a big fan of both Chaplin and Keaton, this was my first experience with Harold Lloyd (thanks to The Criterion Collection's beautifully remastered… More
Daniel Hetteix
Brilliant, perhaps the finest and most famous of the silent-era comedies. Technically amazing, and hilarious to boot.
Stephen Earnest
One of those silent films that has had an infinite amount of influence of modern cinema, "Safety Last!" features the instantly likable Harold Lloyd, a… More