City Lights
City Lights (1931)

A homeless tramp befriends a lovely blind flower seller and convinces her he is a millionaire while he secretly labors to pay for the restoration of her sight. One of Charlie Chaplin's masterpieces, this hilarious and heart-rending film… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 7, 1931
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of the best underdog romance movies ever, with an ending that will light up any heart.

Irene Thirer
New York Daily News

"City Lights" is excruciatingly funny and terribly, terribly sad. It makes you chuckle hysterically. You have the greatest time imaginable, and yet, occasionally you find little hurty lumps in your throat.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Is this film still funny after 76 years? I think and hope it is.

Dan Jardine

City Lights is a paean to our best impulses, a plea for humanitarianism and justice.

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Mark Bourne

That final scene. Last week, CNN asked -- in "The Screening Room's Top 10 Romantic Moments" -- whether this was the most touching film moment of all time. Could be. Either way, if it doesn't move you, you're beyond human reach.

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Sid Silverman

The British comic is still the consummate pantomimist, unquestionably one of the greatest the stage or screen has ever known.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

No filmmaker has ever been as successful as Chaplin in tugging at our heartstrings while simultaneously leaving us helpless in laughter, and this gem finds him operating at the peak of his abilities, even throwing his usual social critique into the mix.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

With its themes of selflessness and grace, as well as its graceful intertwining of comedy and pathos, this is a fine time for a revisit.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

There's dignity and folly to The Tramp in City Lights, and everything in between.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Chaplin's first sound film (but still with no voices, for he wanted it to be a universal tale) was this wonderful and funny movie of transition from the… More
Reid Volk
Like the music of the Beatles, how is it that Chaplin's work still feels so fresh? Does reverence color our perception or is the product just simply of… More
jay nixon
Lovely film, the ending is a killer.
Josh Morris
City Lights is the highest form of cinema art, it's perfect and works on every level to which Chaplin aspired: the comic, the dramatic, the asethetic and… More
Albert Kim
Ahh, Chaplin. Your charm is unequivocally attractive. There's a flow -- a dance I would say -- to your performance. "City Lights" is an… More
Matheus Carvalho
Chaplin could be as much of a mass manipulator in America as Leni Riefenstahl was in Germany - while his constant themes underlying the struggle of the… More