Steamboat Bill Jr.
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)

Not the best of Buster Keaton's silents, Steamboat Bill, Jr. nonetheless contains some of Keaton's best and most spectacular sight gags. Keaton plays Willie Canfield, the namby-pamby son of rough-and-tumble steamboat captain… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 20, 1928
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

If your faith in humanity needs a little pick-me-up, there's no better place to start.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

Buster Keaton's silent comedy Steamboat Bill, Jr. displays more inspired energy and inventiveness than pretty much everything else currently in cinemas combined.

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Josh Larsen

Keaton becomes here, quite literally, the calm in the eye of the storm.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Buster Keaton's final independent film is one of his finest achievements, something of a greatest hits package in its refinement of old routines.

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Philip Concannon
Little White Lies

Keaton has lost none of his ability to entertain and astonish.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The extended rescue climax provides the heights of Steamboat Bill, Jr.'s ingenious choreography, but Keaton's brilliance as a performer shines just as brightly (if not more) in the simpler moments...[Blu-ray]

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Steamboat Bill, Jr. packs in more stunts in 70 minutes than most action franchises have in total, and does so with panache.

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Peter Bradshaw

The ensuing farce involves miraculous physical comedy and stunt-work. Keaton makes it look easy.

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Dan Jardine

Worth it for the storm sequence alone, which is staggering in its audacity, and Shakespearean in its execution.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Keaton was an incomparable genius and this is made pretty evident in the film's exceptionally well-directed third act, when he tries everything to escape a… More
Stella Dallas
and he does his own stunts! did this guy make any bad films?
Spencer S.
Buster Keaton is a master of two distinct features of the silent movie era: comedy via physical trauma and injury, and he is the master of stunts. The stunts… More
Byron Brubaker
Keaton is the title son of a rough steamboat captain. Willie Canfield has been staying with his mother in Boston and developed a sort of French style in… More
Aj V
Another great movie from Keaton. This one has some really exciting and funny sight gags. Keaton fans can't miss out on this movie.
John Ballantine
It is difficult for me to determine whether I like Keaton or Chaplin more as silent slapstick actors. I thought Keaton was brilliant here as an unlikely captain… More