Modern Times

1936

Action / Comedy / Drama / Family / Romance / Sci-Fi

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98% · 113 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95% · 25K ratings
IMDb Rating 8.5/10 10 261111 261.1K

Top cast

Paulette Goddard as A Gamin
Charles Chaplin as A Factory Worker
Frank Hagney as Shipbuilder
Gloria DeHaven as Gamin's Sister
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500.92 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
Seeds 54
1.36 GB
1440*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 27 min
Seeds 61

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Horror-yo 8 / 10

Excellent

This very well written story never lets down from the very first image we see, flocking sheep compared with rushing urban human crowds, to the very ending. Excellent criticism of the Taylorism/capitalistic through humor relevant for any age, nationality or time; story-telling that would touch anyone alike in a universal fashion, every now and then sparkled with Chaplin's unique and deeply influential sense of humor and on-screen comedy. Hilarious in moments, and unique. A man of many talents clearly, and excellent at those. Overall this depicts quite a zany approach to life, one that is pure in essence and profoundly antagonistic with the current ways of the time, and ways of today still: a life dominated by one-track thinking, rigid and stubborn social etiquette, and the enslavement this new world has brought in so many aspects to the human species. Finally, it highlights the importance of never giving up; EVER; and the preciousness of love.

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Reviewed by evanston_dad 7 / 10

Individual Parts Greater Than the Whole

One of this movie's most famous images--Chaplin sliding around inside the gears and cogs of a monstrous machine--provides a handy visual to go along with my opinion of the film in general: there are individual cogs that I remember as being brilliant, but when put together they don't make a totally satisfying machine.

Unlike "City Lights" or "The Gold Rush" before, or "The Great Dictator" after, I didn't get caught up in the narrative of "Modern Times," and I felt there were longer gaps between the funny bits. However, some of the set pieces in this are hilarious, most notably the scene where Chaplin finds himself strapped into an automatic feeding machine that goes berserk; and a nimble scene on roller skates that showcases his athleticism.

Sadly, "Modern Times" was an all too applicable metaphor for Chaplin's place in the film industry. New technologies were beginning to make his artistry obsolete, and the sadness of that is palpable in the film's final shot.

I'm recommending "Modern Times" because it's a very good movie. I just didn't think it was as good as some of Chaplin's other well-known projects.

Grade: B+

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