The Artist Reviews

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Dave White
Movies.com
February 17, 2015
Maybe this tribute to those early movies will inspire you to go watch something small, square and silent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The Arts Desk
February 17, 2015
Hazanavicius boldly strips cinema back to its wordless, monochrome days and, boy, does the end result sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
February 17, 2015
Anchored by the wildly charming Dujardin in the lead, The Artist is so warm and entertaining, it will leave you speechless. And smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 17, 2015
The story fluctuates between light and dark elements as smoothly as its gorgeously contrasted black and white photography, dowsing audiences in a nostalgic glow of sunshine and shadows.
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
February 17, 2015
Sometimes cinema should just be pure, unadulterated joy, and The Artist is precisely that, in every wordless frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
February 17, 2015
This isn't just a nerd's love letter to cinema, but an actual filmmaker's love story which never comes off solely as an experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andrew Hedley
Flicks.co.nz
February 17, 2015
Think of it as an art-house film that everyone can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
February 17, 2015
The year's most unlikely crowd-pleaser.
Glenn Sumi
NOW Toronto
February 17, 2015
Filming in gorgeous black-and-white, director Michel Hazanavicius lovingly embraces all the tropes of silent cinema (iris shots, titles), sharpening the familiar narrative with a slight edge that should satisfy contemporary tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Elliott
San Diego Reader
February 17, 2015
Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 17, 2015
This is a funny, touching and innovative piece of work with a fun performance from Jean Dujardin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Ryan
The Age (Australia)
February 17, 2015
The result is an irresistible delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly
February 17, 2015
What's not to like about The Artist? And then again, what is there, exactly, to love about it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
February 17, 2015
One of the very best films of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
February 17, 2015
You have to applaud a movie that takes every rule for How to Sell Your Movie to Modern Audiences and throws it on a silver nitrate fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
February 17, 2015
Dujardin replicates the polished urbanity of Douglas Fairbanks, while his Argentine-born co-star is so puckishly charming that, had she been born 100 years ago, she would have given Clara Bow a run for her money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
February 17, 2015
Instead of inviting us sophisticated moderns to look back and laugh, it insists that we look back and rediscover something we have lost.
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
February 17, 2015
It's a wonderfully lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining film that stands as a tribute to cinema from another era. It is, in fact, irresistible.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 17, 2015
Since The Artist can't speak for itself, let me sing its praises instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner
February 17, 2015
Bejo and Dujardin give their characters indelible countenances and overall vibrancy. She's bright; he's elegant and funny. Whatever the film lacks in terms of achieving deep impact, they sparkle together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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