Chaplin (1992)

Robert Downey, Jr. gained widespread praise for his uncanny performance as the legendary Charlie Chaplin in this otherwise disappointing biography. Told in flashback, the film consists of Chaplin's responses to questioning by fictional… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 18, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chaplin boasts a terrific performance from Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role, but it isn't enough to overcome a formulaic biopic that pales in comparison to its subject's classic films.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

With this reverential biopic, director Richard Attenborough has cranked out a many-reel, talky talkie.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's slick packaging around what is mostly warm air.

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Anthony Lane
Independent on Sunday

Downey has a perfect ear for the Chaplin accent, the way it climbed from Cockney to minced posh, and a perfect boot and fist for the slapstick; the one thing he doesn't have is an eye on his own brilliance.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A lot of loving care (but not much thought) went into this white elephant, and considering how fascinating a figure Chaplin is it's never exactly boring, but your time would be much better spent looking at any of Chaplin's pictures.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The thrill of the ending, with real Chaplin film clips, only exposes the rest as a soporific.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Might be of interest to fans of the great comic, but as entertainment it ultimately fails.

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Time Out

Attenborough's very traditional biopic is a disappointment.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

The movie indulges in a rather stale flashback procedure.

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Emanuel Levy

Robert Downey Jr. gives a strong, Oscar-nominated performance, but Attenborough's disappointingly formulaic biopic doesn't capture Chaplin's genius as artist or his complex life

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A stupendous biopic centered on the life of the perfectionist genius obsessed with his work that was Charles Chaplin, and it boasts a spectacular production… More
Jonathan Hutchings
As a huge admirer of Charlie Chaplin, I had high hopes in finally seeing Richard Attenborough's controversial biopic about the comedic legend. The film… More
Alex roy
Robert Downey jr. brings Charlie Chaplin to life in this near flawless biopic, Chaplin. Chaplin tells the story of the first Hollywood icon, Charlie Chaplin.… More
Conner Rainwater
If only the film-making behind Chaplin was as good as its performances, it would be a flawless masterpiece. As it stands, this is looks like a BBC original… More
Phil Hubbs
Not a huge success upon release and I'm not really sure why as this lavish epic is thoroughly interesting, charming and well made. Taken a from a point of… More
Spencer S.
A long winded account of Chaplin's life, that keeps everything in check, and Downey in the winning circle.