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The Circus

1928
Romance
Comedy
1h 12m
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Rated 09 Mar 2019
84
88th
Charming Chaplin feature with some great gags and an a quaint little story. The titular circus proves to be a fantastic setting for Chaplin's classic comedy, despite the notable lack of side show freaks.
Rated 23 Oct 2007
91
91st
In terms of pure laughs, this is for my money Chaplin's funniest feature. The police chase, the fun house, the clown tryout, the tightrope, and that fabulous donkey. Chaplin works the rhythm of the film beautifully in terms of its comic timing. The film's underlying current of concern for women and the self-sacrifice of the Tramp combine for a wonderfully affecting conclusion--one that blends tragedy with comedy in the final walk of the Tramp.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
90
94th
The gags come quickly and generously, and for the most part, they're really good gags. The tightrope stuff is amazing, and the hall of mirrors sequence is wonderful too. The circus is the ideal setting for Chaplin. Also, I find the Tramp to be a bit more sympathetic here than in most of the other films. I haven't enjoyed any other Chaplin film as much as this one.
Rated 24 Apr 2017
90
92nd
Chaplin puts a monkey's tail into his mouth and doesn't gag, yep he was into some wild stuff.
Rated 04 Sep 2012
20
30th
Moderately entertaining throughout, but I prefer Chaplin when the humor is balanced with some drama - in this film only the pretty good ending has some depth to it. Plus for the cute animals.
Rated 13 Jul 2019
35
23rd
They had to act more artful than Recep İvedik 5. But they didn't.
Rated 16 Feb 2020
60
62nd
Watched w/'60s score. Wasn't too attached to this movie. Probably too many gags have been copied since then. Not enough emotion for me compared to his other films. Fav scene: mirror house.
Rated 16 May 2008
87
87th
Maybe not the most masterful Chaplin, but certainly one of his funniest. This is the best example I've seen of Chaplin doing pure comedy and it works really well, with some gags lasting minutes without loosing steam.
Rated 05 Dec 2012
80
91st
No one seems to mention The Circus when talking about Chaplin. What the fuck is up with that? This movie's funny as hell.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
80
68th
Charming and focusing almost entirely on the comedy. And to top it all off the comedy is actually really darn funny. Great stuff.
Rated 19 Apr 2014
85
75th
One of Chaplin's funniest top to bottom. It has some interesting things to say about success in show business, especially at the expense of producers/promoters. The mule stole the show. It was a great gag that constantly paid off. And while the emotional payoff isn't as pronounced as in The Kid or City Lights or others, when you're rattling bits as consistently funny as this, that's not that big of a drawback.
Rated 14 Sep 2011
85
94th
I can do nothing for her.
Rated 28 Jan 2012
78
66th
"The Cicrus" has some great gags, but ultimately it suffers from the fact that Chaplin put basically zero planning into it before starting. I, for one, really appreciated the song at the beginning sung by Chaplin himself, but as a whole this could have been a lot better.
Rated 08 Mar 2012
60
72nd
How well Chaplin can communicate with his audiance despite a lack of words is best summed up by his flexing finger indicating a worm in the apple. This is my first time seeing most of Chaplin's films. This is the first one I've seen where he didn't win the girl, but gave her up to a better life with someone else. Well done!
Rated 08 Oct 2011
4
70th
Might be the funniest Chaplin I've seen, if nothing else. It's nonstop physical comedy, most if not all of which is fantastic (the only real "lull" coming during Chaplin's audition), and at only 68 minutes it's lean as hell too, with nary an extraneous moment. And how about Chaplin's pantomime skills when he pretends to be animatronic to hide from the police? Seriously impressive.
Rated 21 Aug 2018
80
86th
Charming and amusing.
Rated 11 Jun 2008
84
92nd
Charming and funny, but I didn't feel a connection between Charlie and any of the other characters. The running gag with the angry mule had me laughing every time.
Rated 16 Aug 2014
86
87th
gags build up really well, and are strung together very nicely. felt it dragged a bit just before the ending.
Rated 14 Feb 2016
80
80th
Chaplin performs some of the most impressive physical comedy of his career here, so despite a couple of overlong routines, most of the slapstick is tremendous. Two highlights include the Tramp's stunning high-wire sequence and his accidental entrapment in a lion cage, yet somehow it's still the touching, bittersweet ending that prevails as the film's finest moment.
Rated 15 May 2012
90
94th
Aside from this being funnier than the other Chaplin movies I have seen, I also appreciated that it was a little more melancholy and a little less outwardly hopeful. The monkey attack was a particularly strange moment when you consider the fact that the monkeys are publicly undressing him, biting him, forcing themselves into his mouth, and trying to kill him.
Rated 30 Sep 2009
100
98th
Chaplin is firing on all cylinders here. Plus Monkeys!
Rated 25 Jan 2009
90
85th
Chaplin brinca com o circo através do cinema, ou seria o contrário? Enfim, esse é o trabalho mais leve e despretencioso dele, mas existem cenas dignas de figurar entre as melhores de toda a história do cinema, afinal esse é o grande circo de Chaplin.
Rated 15 Feb 2014
60
29th
Cute, visually imaginative and with a surprisingly bittersweet finale. But dated.
Rated 19 Apr 2012
93
93rd
Pretty hilarious all the way through. Can't go wrong with Chaplin.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
70
31st
Just too sentimental .. I can't stand it.
Rated 24 Dec 2013
91
96th
Certainly Chaplin's most hilarious in terms of raw laughs, which is contrasted with some nice melancholy tone. One of his best.
Rated 23 Aug 2011
95
93rd
Like all of Charlie's films, absolutely wonderful. I think the ending may be my favorite thing he has done.
Rated 27 Jul 2010
80
88th
"The Circus" displays the endless inventiveness of one of the finest comedians in the history of cinema. Filled with laugh-out-loud visual gags, touching sensitivity and technical prowess, this is a sadly underrated film that combines slapstick and sentiment perfectly. Just wonderful.
Rated 09 May 2024
90
93rd
I really liked this Chaplin film - its definitely one of my favourites. I liked the music, the 'pomp' of it and the various situations the tramp found himself in. Its quirky and fun, the usual slapstick comedy, with a rousing soundtrack, as mentioned. Its a nice film with a lot of heart. Recommended.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
77
63rd
# 455
Rated 14 Mar 2020
49
37th
Gêmeos
Rated 19 Sep 2010
92
98th
An homenage to Art. The ability to improvise. Very funny and moving.
Rated 19 Jan 2016
56
44th
Try as I might I just can't seem to get into Charlie Chaplin films. The physical comedy is funny most of the time, but the drama fails miserably. Had this been a 30 minute short instead of a 70 minute feature I would most likely have rated it much higher.
Rated 03 Sep 2014
73
78th
(rewatched 5/10/19):It is easy to dismiss offhand because it plays like an extension of Chaplin's Keystone shorts, and therefore lacks the depth of his greatest films. On the other hand, it's an extremely well made piece of slapstick fluff, and there is none of the sermonising that sometimes detracts from the quality of his more acclaimed works. It features some of his best set pieces, such as a brilliantly choreographed chase through a room of mirrors and the final tightrope walk with monkeys.
Rated 21 Sep 2020
80
68th
The Tramp on the tightrope had me in hysterics.
Rated 29 Mar 2008
78
77th
Charming to see. After a while you really start loving it, the old slapstick humour and the no-conversation conversations. Really nice!
Rated 14 Aug 2011
80
68th
Wait a second, he didn't get the girl? I'm surprised. This is the second Chaplin film I've seen. Again, totally charmed. There seems to be the exact right mix of sentimentality, romance, and comedy. I haven't even got to his greats yet, like City Lights and Modern Times. The Gold Rush almost made me cry though, and I'm sure that one of these upcoming movies will finish the job. I fully expect to discover one of my new favourite films during this little Charlie Chaplin marathon I'm having.
Rated 30 Mar 2024
60
26th
The Circus Proprietor: "Go ahead and be funny."
Rated 19 Dec 2008
76
52nd
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Rated 30 Mar 2011
88
95th
Of all of Chaplin's full silent features, this is my favorite. The gags in this film show Chaplin at the height of his comedic talent. After The Circus, Chaplin would embark on social commentary in his films and while two masterpieces would follow, the tone of those films would become much more serious.
Rated 18 Jun 2010
60
47th
Not bad, but Chaplin has not aged well at all
Rated 24 Oct 2019
81
94th
After a prolonged production famously beset with delays, re-shoots, and set losses, The Circus turns out as a solid and quick feature without nearly the pretense or extravagance of Chaplin's last few. With a packed array of comic business and set pieces, it plays more like his better short material writ large, which isn't a bad thing at all. It was supposedly conceived around the big tightrope business with the monkeys, which does stand out, though I'm also partial to the fun house sequence.
Rated 10 Sep 2021
75
60th
Chaplin's best to me (so far). Firstly it's the one I laughed out loud the most and hardest. The first chase scene that gets him the job in the circus is great and Chaplin messing up the various clown routine acts during his audition is hilarious. Secondly the bond between the girl and Chaplin develops more natural and not instantly, plus I loved how this romance plot doesn't go the usual route but actually ends with Chaplin sacrificing his happiness for hers.
Rated 20 Feb 2019
91
84th
90.50
Rated 12 Jul 2014
85
87th
I would say this is probably Chaplin's most underrated feature length film. No one talks much about it but I got quite a few laughs from it.
Rated 02 Oct 2008
85
84th
A typical tramp movie: funny, charming, entertaining. Simply good.
Rated 12 Sep 2009
75
89th
Another classic. The best part was the ending i think.. I guess the hardships he had during the time led to the ending, which isn't a normal ending for a Chaplin movie..
Rated 05 Oct 2011
80
81st
watched: 2011, 2021
Rated 20 Nov 2010
40
97th
"The Circus may be the film that most definitively silences critics who claim that Charlie Chaplin's movies aren't cinematic." - Christian Blauvelt
Rated 10 Jan 2009
95
93rd
Maybe the greatest comedian of all times.Chaplin always make me laugh.
Rated 29 Aug 2008
95
87th
Underrated classic from Chaplin!
Rated 23 Apr 2016
85
89th
The final shots are so good I think the blood rushed to my head and knocked me out. I woke up an hour later in a sweat in a part of town I had never been. A sign saying "Circus - Next Week" stood above me. In my fugue state, I knew.
Rated 13 Dec 2021
80
68th
This film seems to be consistently relegated to second tier status in Chaplin's filmography. In a sense this seems fair since it suffers in comparison to the epic "The Gold Rush" and the more serious films that followed it ... "City Lights" and "Modern Times". However, this is really his best pure comedy.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
73
46th
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Rated 25 Apr 2014
73
82nd
Hilarious and probably underrated among Chaplin's work. This might be Chaplin's most impressive display of physical comedy. Those who normally prefer Keaton should enjoy this too. Also contains possibly the only "house of mirrors" scenes in cinema that is actually as visually disorienting as it's intended to be.
Rated 08 Jan 2023
81
77th
Great Chaplin film. While I think Keaton's movies are generally funnier and more spectacular, but Chaplin's movies always have a certain pathos that Keaton's movies don't quite capture. They're both great in their own right and both so multi-talented, but I think Chaplin generally made more complete films, if that makes sense. The ending here is especially impactful and perfect. The best sight gag is the throwaway joke of absentmindedly taking the fish out of the tank to dry them.
Rated 14 Feb 2016
80
83rd
Not nearly as imaginative and inventive as The Gold Rush, but also - thanks in part to Chaplin not ruining it with a voice-over - a more successful straight-up comedy, and with a better ending to boot.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
70
40th
#591
Rated 08 Sep 2010
9
97th
Not Chaplin's best, (I like Great Dictator and City Lights more, but for different reasons) but it has got to be his funniest.
Rated 29 Sep 2020
52
53rd
Seen: 2. It's a breezy romp, with some great bits, especially the tight rope sequence toward the end.

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