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Playtime (Play Time)

Playtime (Play Time) (1967)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 8.7/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 0

A remarkable achievement, Playtime's packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.

100

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 0

A remarkable achievement, Playtime's packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
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Arriving nearly a decade after Mon Oncle, Playtime continues the adventures of M. Hulot. More than a decade seems to have passed since its predecessor, however. The colorful Paris of Mon Oncle, last seen being slowly chipped away by progress, has now vanished almost entirely. Playtime takes as its setting an ultra-modern Paris where familiar landmarks appear only as fleeting reflections in the new buildings of glass and steel. Alternating between Hulot and a group of American tourists, Tati

May 22, 2001

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March 16, 2005:
Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival 2005
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Pic takes to the 70mm process with an extraordinary impressionistic outdoor set of a new Paris, and is an observant romp during a one-day stay of a group of tourists.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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For this remarkable 1967 comedy about man and his modern world, Jacques Tati attempted nothing less than a complete reworking of the conventional notions of montage and, amazingly, he succeeded.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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My all-time favorite movie, this 1967 French comedy by actor-director Jacques Tati almost certainly has the most intricately designed mise en scene in all of cinema.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This jewel of Tati's career is a hallucinatory comic vision on the verge of abstraction.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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With Playtime's monumental decor and complex choreographed gags taking place simultaneously in a constantly mutating space, Tati explored the possibilities of 70mm as they had never been utilized before.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Playtime...is...a minor entry in 1960s international cinema, and yet it's also one of the era's great films,

August 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

This film delivers exactly what its title promises. It's a panoramic frenzy of elaborate sights and sound design.

May 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Tati is constantly fiddling with his images, constructing sets and placing his camera in exactly the right place to execute a visual transformation of space.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Sure, Tati's script may have been small, but there's such depth of content in each setup.

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Utterly unconventional and strikingly unique; it begs not to be watched in the same manner as a conventional narrative film. Like a great painting, it is meant to be savored, pored over, observed from different angles and revisited in time. [Blu-ray]

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

An extraordinary combination of observational comedy and technical virtuosity.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Comic choreography, nimble filmmaking and trenchant jokes. A masterpiece.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

A film comedy directed with the grace of a ballet, the painstaking detail of an action painting and the affection of a love song...

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Comedy has rarely been so intricate, incisive and inspired.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

One of cinema's truly unique visions... animated with a new kind of screen life.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's much like a silent movie, following in the giant footsteps of Chaplin and Keaton.

November 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

'It is a new way of seeing the world around us, both life affirming in its vision and brilliant in its satire'

January 30, 2005

[Playtime] is so richly conceived and choreographed that its lack of a plot is compensated by a wealth of memorable incidents, sight gags, gestures and satiric notions.

January 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Tati mimics American idealism with the tour bus women's 'golly-gee, wow!' attitude, and isn't any easier on the French's to-do, prim-and-proper persona.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Playtime (Play Time)

So I watched this on my laptop and not at the Ziegfield. Bad move. Still... I think I can pretty confidently say - I did not enjoy this very unique but totally aimless film. The pleasures of M. Hulot elude me once again. Zut!
April 17, 2007
brooklynspo

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Not only one of the most famous French films of all time, but also a definitive example of a film challenging its viewers to look beyond plot and character to discover its meaning. Utilizing 70mm to its full advantage, and truly clever sound design help propel Tati's masterpiece to "must see" status. You'll be hard pressed to find a better satirical statement on the effects of an impersonal, technologically advanced, but ultimately culturally bankrupt and dehumanized society. A perfect message for the times we live in.
May 31, 2011
JonathanHutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

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This Film is from the Criterion Collection and like most movies from that collection they can be somewhat strange and this one is. Its supposed to be a comedy but I really didn't see much comical about this one. 2 stars
May 3, 2010
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Bruce Bruce

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Tati's epic "comedy" is truly a feast for the eyes. Full of delightful little moments and the occasional giggle, Playtime isn't so much a story as it is a world put up on screen. Like the cinematic lovechild of Altman, Chaplin and Jarmusch

I must admit seeing this at home and alone is probably not the optimal viewing experience. Hence a mere 3 1/2 rating. I will seek to see this projected, in which case my rating is likely to go up dramatically.
June 24, 2008
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