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The Artist (2011)



Critic Consensus: A crowd-pleasing tribute to the magic of silent cinema, The Artist is a clever, joyous film with delightful performances and visual style to spare.

Movie Info

Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. -- (C) Weinsteinmore
Rating: PG-13 (for a disturbing image and a crude gesture)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Hazanavicius
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2012
Box Office: $44.7M
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


Jean Dujardin
as George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo
as Peppy Miller
John Goodman
as Al Zimmer
Missi Pyle
as Constance
Beth Grant
as La bonne de Peppy
Ed Lauter
as Le majordome
Joel Murray
as Policeman Fire
Ken Davitian
as Pawnbroker
Malcolm McDowell
as The Butler
Basil Hoffman
as Auctioneer
Bill Fagerbakke
as Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko
as Admiring Woman
Stephen Mendillo
as Set Assistant
Dash Pomerantz
as Peppy's Boyfriend
Beau Nelson
as Peppy's Boyfriend
Ben Kurland
as Audition Casting Ass...
Katie Nisa
as Audition Dancer
Katie Wallick
as Audition Dancer
Cleto Augusto
as Set Technician
Sarah Karges
as Laughing Dancer
Sarah Scott
as Laughing Dancer
Maize Olinger
as Shouting Dancer
Ezra Buzzington
as Journalist
Fred Bishop
as Journalist
Stuart Pankin
as Director #1 (Restaur...
Andy Milder
as Director #2
Bob Glouberman
as Director #3 (Finale)
Kristian Falkenstein
as Actor In "The Brunet...
Matt Skoller
as Peppy's Assistant
Annie O'Donnell
as Woman With Policeman
Patrick Mapel
as Assistant With Newsp...
Matthew Albrecht
as Tennis Player
Lily Knight
as Nurse At Peppy's Hou...
Tasso Feldman
as Zimmer's Assistant
Chris Ashe
as Zimmer's Assistant
Adria Tennor
as Zimmer's Assistant
Cletus Young
as Bartender
Andrew Ross Wynn
as Big Dancer (Restaura...
Jen Lilley
as Onlooker
as Uggy
Tim De Zarn
as Soldier
Nina Siemazko
as Admiring Woman
David Allen Cluck
as Assistant Director (...
Christopher Ashe
as Zimmer's Assistant
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News & Interviews for The Artist

Critic Reviews for The Artist

All Critics (274) | Top Critics (53)

Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white, mostly silent comedy The Artist is a gorgeously made curiosity -- a film that functions as a testament to its own obsession with other movies.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

This is a bauble, not a jewel.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Uplifting, heart-warming, hilarious... not necessarily words you'd expect to apply to a black and white silent French film. But The Artist is no ordinary movie.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
Daily Mirror [UK]

Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius uses a shrewd eye for visual composition to tell an emotionally effective story never waylaid by the clever throwback gimmickry of his method.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015

The Artist is drunk on the history of cinema and art, and culture buffs will get giddy on it.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
Daily Telegraph

Retro but totally modern, frivolous yet fundamentally serious, The Artist is a thing of grace and joy and a great American film -- of the sort it takes the French to make.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
Independent on Sunday

Audience Reviews for The Artist

While I thought this was okay, and only that, at the same time I'm not with all the kudos this garnered (which lead to high expectations on my part, which lead to some letdown when I finally got around to seeing it). It's a homage to the silent films of yore, maybe, but at the same time there's Singin' In The Rain and A Star Is Born to borrow from extensively. Throw in Asta, the pooch from The Thin Man series of the 1930's, and there you've pretty much got what I took as a not too inventive steal of the old stuff, worthy of a kitschy film school tribute maybe, but little more.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A lovely and poetic homage from our days to the Golden Age of Hollywood silent movies and to Cinema, showing how a silent black-and-white film with a 4:3 aspect ratio can be so much better than many modern talkies today, and it has wonderful performances by Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and Uggy the dog.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not being a fan of films about filmmaking nor filming in black and white just because films of that era were in black and white, this latest artistic gimmick of filming a _silent_ black and white movie doesn't appeal to me again... but it *is* OSS-117 Jean Dujardin!

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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