Modern Times
Modern Times (1936)

This episodic satire of the Machine Age is considered Charles Chaplin's last "silent" film, although Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin stars as an assembly-line worker driven insane by the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 25, 1936
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2010
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Consensus: A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

TIME Magazine

It is a gay, impudent and sentimental pantomimic comedy in which even the anachronisms are often as becoming as Charlie Chaplin's cane.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's the coldest of [Chaplin's] major features, though no less brilliant for it.

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Mark Van Doren
The Nation

The film as a whole means no more than Charlie Chaplin means. Nobody has ever been able to say what that is, but by the present showing it is something quite timeless and priceless, and more human than the best of alien words lugged in for definition.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of the many remarkable things about Charlie Chaplin is that his films continue to hold up, to attract and delight audiences.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The opening sequence in Chaplin's second Depression masterpiece, of the Tramp on the assembly line, is possibly his greatest slapstick encounter with the 20th century.

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Emanuel Levy

Chaplin's hilarious comedy still is one of the most poignant critiques of modernization and mechanization of mass production.

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Variety Staff

The picture is grand fun and sound entertainment, though silent. It's the old Chaplin at his best, looking at his best -- young, pathetic and a very funny guy.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Chaplin's political and philosophical naivety now seems as remarkable as his gift for pantomime.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Families will cherish Chaplin's silent slapstick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Chaplin writes, directs, acts and even wrote the music for this odd feature that has it's own story, yes, but is far more interesting for the underlying… More
Jim Hunter
A factory worker and his homeless love struggle to fulfill the "American Dream" despite the advances of "progress." This is… More
Carlos Magalhães
The first twenty minutes are the work of genius, but then the film loses some of its focus and becomes a usual collection of sketches - though most of them… More
Louis Rogers
An immovable benchmark in satire, comedy and global filmmaking.
Dan Schultz
A classic, influential movie concerning the legendary "Tramp" character (Charlie Chaplin) and how he struggles to keep up in a modern day world of… More
Graham Jones
Hilarious and thoughtful. One of Chaplin's best.