BBC poll

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

24 August 2017

Film critics who voted for BBC poll blew it

Typically, I am a hound for “Best of All Time” lists. You know, like the lists Rolling Stone puts out every so often, like the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Or “… Songs”. I find myself referring to the Modern Library “Top 100 Novels” several times a year as to check for any books on the list I may have missed. So I was excited about a new BBC poll.

The site releases a “100 Greatest Comedies of All Time” and I can’t keep myself away. Thing is, I wish I had as I am disgusted with its results.

If you visit the BBC page, you’ll note that “BBC Culture polled 253 film critics from 52 countries to determine the funniest films ever made.” Sounds good. Until you check the list. Pretty certain these critics were patrons of Walter White.

“And in my opinion, The Gold Rush landing at #25 borders on blasphemy. Chaplin represents a rebranding of film comedy.”


BBC pollI have serious beef with some films on the list, others that are not, and the positioning of all Charlie Chaplin films.

I am convinced these critics are either sleeping with Will Ferrell, or would like to. Have you seen Step Brothers? A movie so abhorrent that you squirm with embarrassment for its cast. It’s #64 on the list. One better than Caddyshack. You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m no Caddyshack enthusiast, but really? Step Brothers over Caddyshack?

Or how about the 33rd best film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Worthy of two slots higher than Singin’ in the Rain or seven above Mel Brooks’ The Producers?

Speaking of Brooks, where is Spaceballs? Didn’t make the cut. But Zoolander did. Seriously?

The critics for the BBC poll stiffed Chaplin

Here is where I am really miffed. Charlie Chaplin’s film positions.

Take a look at any music list and The Beatles riddle the top positions. Why? Their albums imprint the collective consciousness like few others. The albums change what people think about music and what one can do through music. Nothing has been the same since.

Same holds true for Charlie Chaplin films. My mouth hit the floor when I discovered Modern Times (the highest Chaplin film on the list) at #12. That’s a sin. What’s more, The Kid; perhaps the most touching comedy ever made, did not even grace the list. And in my opinion, The Gold Rush landing at #25 borders on blasphemy. Chaplin represents a rebranding of film comedy.

Comedy owes its debt to Charlie Chaplin. He was the Mozart of the genre. What’s more, we owe the critics who voted in the BBC poll a bonafide thumbs down.

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