Monsieur Verdoux 1947

Critics score:
97 / 100

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Bosley Crowther, New York Times: An engrossingly wry and paradoxical film, screamingly funny in places, sentimental in others, sometimes slow and devoted to an unusually serious and sobering argument. Read more

Sara Cardace, New York Magazine/Vulture: In its uncanny depiction of a weakling whose crimes pale against those of the war-mad society around him, it's a near masterpiece. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: A film of serene elegance and sharp teeth. Read more

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times: Perfection? Arguably not; Verdoux has clunky moments and some flat casting, but with an able assist from the great comedian Martha Raye, Chaplin's latter-day greatness is readily apparent. Read more

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Time Out: Shapes up as Chaplin's most startling, most invigorating movie: its icy temperature is positively bracing after the hot syrup of his earlier work. Read more

Variety: Chaplin generates little sympathy. His broad-mannered antics, as a many-aliased fop on the make for impressionable matrons. Read more