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DisneyStitch's avatar


It plods along and serves as almost a documentary of sorts. One can almost see it becoming a historical film as Barnum and Bailey just wrapped their final show a few days ago. Normally I really wouldn't mind that this got Best Picture in 1952 but the fact that Singin' in the Rain, one of the greatest films of all time, didn't even get nominated is cinematic blasphemy.
6 years 10 months ago
greenhorg's avatar


This has the fourth lowest IMDb rating of the 'Best Picture' winners, and came out the same year as Singin’ in the Rain (#84 on the top 250), which wasn't even nominated.

That said, I personally considered this an okay movie.

Lowest rated winners:
1. Cimarron (1931) 6.1
2. Cavalcade (1933) 6.4
3. The Broadway Melody (1929) 6.5
4. The Greatest Show On Earth (1952) 6.7
5. Around the World In 80 Days (1956) 6.8
12 years 4 months ago
Cool Hand Luke's avatar

Cool Hand Luke

Not the greatest, but definitely an entertaining movie!
13 years 6 months ago
Torgo's avatar


Man, Jimmy Stewart really hammed it up for his Joker origin story.
1 year 9 months ago
Forzelius's avatar


I enjoyed it, felt too promotional at times but the sets were something to marvel at and you had some funny characters for distraction. Definitely not as bad as it's blamed of being. It's not the films fault for coming out at the same year than Singin' in the Rain!
1 year 12 months ago
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Matt Addis

Definitely one of the weaker best picture winners. And to think this won over singing in the rain and high noon!
3 years 9 months ago
locovoco's avatar


There is one great shot...it's only a brief moment...you might even miss it if you blink...spoiler
8 years ago
KPND's avatar


I liked seeing the '50s circus a lot. Was confused by the attitudes toward marriage. They seemed to be willing to get married almost arbitrarily - is that accurate for the period? Seems ridiculous.
10 years 11 months ago
samlowery's avatar


Ugh. This played like a 2-1/2 hour commercial for Barnum & Bailey. The narration was so shameless I found myself rolling my eyes. "Listen to Britain" had less propaganda. The highlights for me were the celebrity cameos.
11 years ago
rwj's avatar


OK movie but the editing was terrible... bad cuts all over!
12 years 2 months ago
CMT's avatar


The best parts of the movie were when the director actually focused on the circus performance which were masterfully filmed. I could do with out the melodrama plot.
11 years 6 months ago
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St. Gloede

How this won Best Picture is a world class mystery!
13 years 5 months ago
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Camille Deadpan

Not the greatest show (movie) I've ever seen.
1. I don't like clowns.
2. I don't like animals in circus cause I'm pretty sure they don't treat them right most of the time.
So this movie was more a 'no no' than a 'yes' for me.
10 years 1 month ago
jwagoner0507's avatar


Some parts were wildly entertaining and engaging, namely the acrobatics and the trapeze stunts! But overall, I Hated it. At the beginning, they showed the care and concern they had for the animal performers, so I was mollified and thinking it would strictly be an entertaining picture. spoiler Another bright but tragic spot was Bubbles, A Clown...spoiler
3 years 5 months ago
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