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The Artist Reviews

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Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
February 17, 2015
Days after seeing The Artist, I find it hard to place any individual moments that resonated (aside from the doggie heroism) and I suspect that, title aside, the movie feels a complacent cynicism toward art.
Devin Faraci
November 29, 2011
If The Artist truly were from the period it's about, it would be a minor film that occasionally played on TCM at 3AM, and about which even hardcore silent film fans wouldn't care much.
Jim Schembri
Sydney Morning Herald
January 23, 2012
[A] sweet, sincere, massively overrated valentine to silent movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 15, 2012
The Academy Awards are the biggest annual party that Hollywood throws for itself, and The Artist is a movie that worships Hollywood. Looks like a done deal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
This is a bauble, not a jewel.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
November 25, 2011
If silent, black and white films were something lots of people wanted to see, they'd still be making them. They aren't because most people don't. They are pass and their appeal is strictly esoteric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2011
Ignores everything that's fascinating and memorable about the silent-film era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn't even qualify as a roman clef.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Clayton Davis
September 14, 2014
A fine piece of cinema that will hopefully be clutched by moviegoers for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Alan Frank
Daily Star
February 17, 2015
Film buffs will be hugging themselves with sheer pleasure. And ordinary filmgoers will be equally entertained by this hilarious and heart- felt tribute to the early days of Hollywood with its unmissable wild wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 17, 2015
I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it.
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 25, 2013
Don't let the simplicity of the story fool you, 'The Artist' is a movie in which the pleasures lie entirely in the details.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Serba
February 17, 2015
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
The Artist is apparently Hazanavicius' dream project and it's truly inspiring to see a filmmaker take such a big risk in this day and age: especially when it pays off so big.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Jeff Beck
September 18, 2012
Hazanavicius has perfectly captured the look and feel of the silent era with "The Artist."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A modern-day classic that proves that Hollywood can still make incredible films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Erick Weber
Final Cut on Film
October 22, 2012
Its retro-retro take uniquely delivers the most crucial element of the moviegoing experience, the art of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
William Bibbiani
February 17, 2015
It's happy to wallow in the conventions of classics that came before it, and we're happy to wallow right with it, but the potential to become something more eludes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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