The Circus Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 1711

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 38

Theatrical Release Date: 01/06/1928

Language: English

Genre: Family, Comedy

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Charles Chaplin

Actors: Charles Chaplin, Merna Kennedy, Al Ernest Garcia, George Davis, Harry Crocker, Tiny Sandford

Plot: The Tramp accidentally gets in trouble with the law by a pickpocket. He then stumbles into a Circus wherein he becomes a star. Merna sees the Tramp and eventually become friends. He falls for her but she falls for a handsome tightrope walker.

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
2.5/4

Ryan Stephen M - wrote on 05/11/2013

One of my least favorite Chaplin movies from the ones I have seen, still not too bad.

Rating of
3/4

Alaine - wrote on 12/16/2011

Seemingly effortless acrobatic comedy from Charlie Chaplin. The scene on the tightrope with the monkeys is priceless. Heartwarming and bittersweet.

Full Movie Reviews

Matthew Brady
Matthew Brady
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

Comedy Gold

Matthew Brady - wrote on 02/02/2015

Just by looking at the plot of this movie I can already guess this is gold comedy and boy was I right about that.

The Circus is about are main character the Tramp accidentally gets in trouble with the law by a pickpocket. He then stumbles into a Circus wherein he becomes a star. Merna sees the Tramp and eventually become friends. He falls for her but she falls for a handsome tightrope walker.

Okay I'm going just come out and say that Chaplin is by far better than The Three Stooges when it comes to comedy and slap stick humor with a little salt of heart. I given Chaplin's movies positive after positive ratings and so far no bad that I know of, yeah there might be some bad out there but I've seen it yet. The Circus from Charles Chaplin is nothing short but flat out comedy gold with a …

Goombs
Goombs
Rising Star

Rating of
N/A

Better Than Barnum and Bailey

Goombs - wrote on 02/19/2014

This movie has my favorite scene of all Chaplin fare. The maze of mirrors sequence always gives me goose bumps. I am not 100% certain that he was the first filmmaker to do this (Georges Melies may have used such trickery) but for it to be 1928 and capture the scene in front of several mirrors without the camera or crew being seen amazes me. I have not had one bad experience watching Chaplin films. I recommend anything with his name on it from Kid Auto Races to Limelight. (Ive not seen King in New York nor Countess in Hong Kong, though I will as time and accessibility permit) I believe being a true film lover means going back to its great roots and Chaplin movies are a great starting point if you love comedies, then treat your palate to some Buster Keaton, WC Fields, or Harold Lloyd,

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
4/4

The Circus review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 04/02/2013

The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) gets between the law and a pickpocket. He then accidentally becomes part of a Circus. The crowd jeers and seeks The Funny Man. Seeing that he is well liked, the Ring Master allows him to audition. He also meets the Ring Master's daughter, Merna (Merna Kennedy), who is also the Circus Rider. One of the best messages from the picture - "Take your time" and "I've had a charmed life." Chaplin demonstrates his genius not only in writing/directing/producing, but also in creating the score while acting, climbing down a pole and walking o a tight rope while being funny. So many laughable scenes such as the horse scene, mocking Rex the Tight Rope walker while doing his act and The Tramp replacing him during his act. An underrated film on starting over, chances, …

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