Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin (2004)

American film historian and author Richard Schickel directs the documentary Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin. Schickel offers an exploration into Chaplin's life, from his childhood in London until his death in 1977. The film… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I urge everyone to see it.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A well-organized, informative and inevitably entertaining portrait of the man who revolutionized screen comedy and who arguably became the first mass-market, commercialized media figure.

Mark Bourne

The new generations represented here -- Depp, Scorsese, etc. -- remind us that Chaplin's best work does not confine his brilliance to bygone years. Or even to the 20th Century.

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Megan Lehmann
New York Post

It is crammed to the gills with a fine selection of the beloved comic's best work, with talking-head commentary serving to deepen and enrich the enjoyment.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

Richard Schickel, a noted film critic and historian, has used the familiar techniques of historical documentary to construct a critical biography of one of the dominant figures in 20th-century popular culture.

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Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's hard to argue with any film that features so much footage of Chaplin at his best.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

It whets the appetite to experience again Chaplin's luminous body of work.

John Anderson

Made with enormous affection; the Chaplinesque sentimentality, which so many silent fans cite when voicing a preference for Keaton or Harold Lloyd, is employed here, not exploited.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Pity the poor film-school student who will have to sit through this dry-as-dust documentary.

Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
A wonderful, touching, informative, well-done and heartbreaking documentary of the greatest comedic talent of all time. Great interviews with Chaplin's… More
Ken Stachnik
Wonderful documentary on the tramp