Playtime (Play Time) (1967) - Rotten Tomatoes

Playtime (Play Time) (1967)

Playtime (Play Time)



Critic Consensus: 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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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 exploits the chaos just below the overly ordered surface of this brave new world. Again moving from one nearly wordless episode to another, Tati sends his alter ego off to make an appointment in a whirring, featureless office complex. He subsequently moves on to an exhibition of new inventions, meets an old friend at an aquarium-like apartment, wreaks havoc in a snooty new restaurant, and, again, almost falls in love. The most ambitious and technically complex of the Hulot films, it proved unprofitable and helped usher in the financial difficulties that would plague Tati late in life before later getting the recognition it enjoys today.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques LaGrange, Jacques Tati, Jacques Langrange, Art Buchwald, Art Buchwald
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Continental Distributing


Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Barbara Dennek
as Young Tourist
Henri Piccoli
as An Important Gentlem...
John Abbey
as Mr. Lacs
Billy Kearns
as M. Schultz
Erika Dentzler
as Mme. Giffard
Valerie Camille
as Mons. Luce's Secreta...
France Delahalle
as Shopper in Departmen...
Leon Doyen
as Doorman
Yvette Ducreux
as Hat Check Girl
Jack Gauthier
as The Guide
Rita Maiden
as Mr. Schultz's Compan...
Laure Paillette
as Two Women at the Lam...
Colette Proust
as Two Women at the Lam...
Nicole Ray
as Singer
France Romilly
as Woman Selling Eyegla...
Francois Viaur
as Reinhart Kolldehoff
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Critic Reviews for Playtime (Play Time)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

Tati's despair is modulated by a sense of wonder.

Full Review… | March 2, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders.

Full Review… | November 4, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film.

Full Review… | January 20, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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!

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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.

Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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