Safety Last!
Safety Last! (1923)

After Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, the silent film era's "third genius" was Harold Lloyd, who stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of an average country boy trying to make good in the big city. The Boy (Lloyd) leaves… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 1923
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Ehrlich

A [masterpiece].

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Glasses character in Safety Last would have blended with the background of the department store where he worked if it had not been for action imposed upon him. But what action!

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Sean Axmaker

... the most famous of Harold Lloyd's silent comedies and first of his "thrill pictures," films that he built around slapstick ingenuity in the midst of daredevil stunts. This one has a doozy...

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Variety Staff

This Harold Lloyd high-class low comedy has thrills as well as guffaws.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The other great silent comics defined their own worlds; Lloyd lives dangerously in ours.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl of Lloyd's best films, combining a touching romantic plot with some amazing stunt work.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The clock-hanging climax that caps this generally charming tale of a country boy out to make his fortune in the big city is a superb example of his ability to mix suspense and slapstick.

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Nick Rogers

Refutes the idea that success and selfishness must be bedfellows, or that to be economically unburdened is to be emotionally uncaring. The idea to continually aspire and ascend propels both the brilliance of "Safety Last!" & Lloyd's enduring appeal.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

The climb itself is a masterful feat of physical acting and comic timing, surpassed only by the best works of Chaplin and Keaton.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
harold lloyd is so cute :)
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]I have seen plenty of silent comedies starring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton before but I really do not think I had seen… More
Luke Baldock
Enjoyable slapstick comedy with a lot of inventiveness that still impresses. Simple shots such as the hiding on the coat hanger scene are still great to watch… More
Antonius Block
I'm not an expert on the silent era by any means, but I have to say, this seems like a must-see movie for those who are interested in this period of… More
Daniel Hetteix
Brilliant, perhaps the finest and most famous of the silent-era comedies. Technically amazing, and hilarious to boot.
Chris Browning
Being a big fan of both Chaplin and Keaton, this was my first experience with Harold Lloyd (thanks to The Criterion Collection's beautifully remastered… More