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The Painting (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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While the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get "The Painting" nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d'art.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.

December 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.

November 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The Painting may be too mature for younger kids...[and] may also be too simple for grown-ups. But for those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.

September 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Made in sumptuously styled animation with a kaleidoscope of bright colours, this briskly-paced French production deals with themes of identity and imagination in a way that should entrance younger viewers...

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A deeply allegorical work about coming to terms with a creator who may have left us behind but it's also just a delightful, romantic adventure with a visual palette far more engaging than most animated blockbusters this year.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Move Over Pixar

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com
ReviewExpress.com

May enthrall precocious kids as well as fine-arts-oriented adults - otherwise no big deal.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It's a wonderful, imaginative, one-of-kind experience.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

It's sophisticated and stunning, amusing and harrowing, and quite possibly one of the most interesting pictures of the year, raising the bar for CG-animated pursuits.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Dreary animated civics lesson with even drearier imagery.

May 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film's aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting.

May 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Inventive, fanciful, and decidedly UN Disney.

May 7, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A marvellous French animation unafraid of broaching big ideas with a potentially pre-teen audience.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

...an imaginative parable to teach children about creationism as well as racism, colonialism and many other human evils, framed in a manner that adults will appreciate too.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Adults will be charmed as much as kids, and the film's depiction of Venice, awash in orange and yellows, almost rivals the real thing.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Audience Reviews for The Painting

Figures leave the painting they live in and go searching for the Painter, trying to find out why he left the canvas they live in incomplete. If the story had been sketched out with as much loving detail as the beautiful Impressionist-style artwork, this might have been a masterpiece, rather than something that's just nice to look at.
September 15, 2013
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'The Painting'. A simple enough plot, thematically rich, and the most visually unique thing I've seen in years.

I do question the final message about changing one's self to fit in though...
May 16, 2013
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