The Gold Rush 1925

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Mordaunt Hall, New York Times: Here is a comedy with streaks of poetry, pathos, tenderness, linked with brusqueness and boisterousness. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: The blend of slapstick and pathos is seamless, although the cynicism of the final scene is still surprising. Chaplin's later films are quirkier and more personal, but this is quintessential Charlie, and unmissable. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: Chaplin is the apotheosis of the world's despised and downtrodden, and also their hope; he heralds a revolution in anarchic beauty. Read more

James Agee, TIME Magazine: The result is a sight for sore eyes, for old-style Chaplin fans and novitiates alike. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Mercifully, it lacks the pretentious moralising of [Chaplin's] later work, and is far more professionally put together. Read more

Edmund Wilson, The New Republic: I prophesied that Chaplin, with his finer comedy and his less spectacular farce, would not be able to hold his popularity against it. What has happened is precisely the reverse of what I predicted. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: The Gold Rush is a distinct triumph for Charlie Chaplin from both the artistic and commercial standpoints, and is a picture certain to create a veritable riot at theatre box offices. Read more