Bright Lights Film Journal has a lengthy plot description and this: "The premiere of Monsieur Verdoux was naturally awaited with a great deal of anticipation. When Monsieur Verdoux was released, not everyone hated it." Slant Magazine gives it 4 and a half out of 5 stars and concludes, "Monsieur Verdoux is Chaplin's masterpiece, a lark both charming and subtly complex." The New Yorker has a positive review.
DVD Talk says, "it plays as a grim social horror movie". Rotten Tomatoes has a 97% critics score.