City Lights
City Lights (1931)

Charles Chaplin was deep into production of his silent City Lights when Hollywood was overwhelmed by the talkie revolution. After months of anguished contemplation, Chaplin decided to finish the film as it began--in silence, save for a… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Bourne

That final scene. Last week, CNN asked -- in "The Screening Room's Top 10 Romantic Moments" -- whether this was the most touching film moment of all time. Could be. Either way, if it doesn't move you, you're beyond human reach.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Is this film still funny after 76 years? I think and hope it is.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

No filmmaker has ever been as successful as Chaplin in tugging at our heartstrings while simultaneously leaving us helpless in laughter, and this gem finds him operating at the peak of his abilities, even throwing his usual social critique into the mix.

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David Fear
Time Out New York

Only someone with slow-drying cement in their veins wouldn't be moved.

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Sid Silverman

The British comic is still the consummate pantomimist, unquestionably one of the greatest the stage or screen has ever known.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

There's dignity and folly to The Tramp in City Lights, and everything in between.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

With its themes of selflessness and grace, as well as its graceful intertwining of comedy and pathos, this is a fine time for a revisit.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A beautiful example of Chaplin's ability to turn narrative fragments into emotional wholes. The two halves of the film are sentiment and slapstick. They are not blended but woven into a pattern as eccentric as it is sublime.

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Alexander Bakshy
The Nation

Chaplin's growing seriousness, his desire to be more than a mere comedian have deceived him into holding sentiment more precious than fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Lovely film, the ending is a killer.
Reid Volk
Like the music of the Beatles, how is it that Chaplin's work still feels so fresh? Does reverence color our perception or is the product just simply of… More
Carlos Magalh„es
This is Chaplin's first sound film, but still with no voices, to make it a universal tale. A wonderful and funny movie of transition between the silents… More
Josh Morris
City Lights is the highest form of cinema art, it's perfect and works on every level to which Chaplin aspired: the comic, the dramatic, the asethetic and… More
Albert Kim
Ahh, Chaplin. Your charm is unequivocally attractive. There's a flow -- a dance I would say -- to your performance. "City Lights" is an… More
Matheus Carvalho
Chaplin could be as much of a mass manipulator in America as Leni Riefenstahl was in Germany - while his constant themes underlying the struggle of the… More