Little Caesar
Little Caesar (1931)

The first "talkie" gangster movie to capture the public's imagination, Mervyn LeRoy's Little Caesar started a cycle of crime-related movies that Warner Bros. rode across the ensuing decade and right into World War II with… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 25, 1931
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

LeRoy's coldly efficient direction-due less to his own artistry than to the constraints of sound recording in its first years-imposes a static rigor on the action and lends the actor's diction and gestures a sculptural, granitic force.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

The production is ordinary and would rank as just one more gangster film but for two things. One is the excellence of Mr. Burnett's credible and compact story. The other is Edward G. Robinson's wonderfully effective performance.

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Fernando F. Croce

Faded bronze to The Public Enemy's silver and Scarface's gold, but an enduring bedrock formation all the same

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Variety Staff

No director could ask for more than Edward G. Robinson's contribution. Here, no matter what he has to say, he's entirely convincing.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Edward G. Robinson in the performance of his career.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Little Caesar makes two classic LeRoy joints that I've found perfectly solid...and thoroughly underwhelming, especially when viewed through the prism of their reputations.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though it looks somewhat dated now, there's no denying the seminal importance of this classic adaptation of WR Burnett's novel.

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Dan Jardine

Edward G. Robinson's gravelly snarl and sociopathic disdain for human conventions became the template for countless future gangster anti-heroes

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Feels stilted when stacked up against its tougher depression-era contemporaries.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Edward G. Robinson's place in cinematic history was made right here with his career-defining turn as the title character in this celebrated early gangster… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Due to the time it was made, the film has a smack of a silent feature, it may be histrionic and overdramatized, but that doesn't keep it from being… More
xGary Xx
A small time criminal moves to the big city and works his way up to become a criminal kingpin. One of the earliest portrayals of a criminal "dynasty",… More
Stella Dallas
in the breakthrough role of a film career spanning more than 50 years, robinson is magnetic as a gangster based on al capone, who was alive and well when this… More
Aj V
A pretty good start at gangster films, but it could have been better.
danny d
this is a solid flick. robinson was great in these gangster roles, and this is one of his classics. there wasnt a stress on things that usually make a film… More

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