Playtime (1973)



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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Hilarious, dazzlingly inventive comedy in which Mr. Hulot tries to function in an unrecognizable Paris of modernistic glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Barbara Dennek
as Young Tourist
Henri Piccoli
as An Important Gentleman
John Abbey
as Mr. Lacs
Billy Kearns
as M. Schultz
Erika Dentzler
as Mme. Giffard
Valerie Camille
as Mons. Luce's Secretary
France Delahalle
as Shopper in Department Store
Leon Doyen
as Doorman
Yvette Ducreux
as Hat Check Girl
Jack Gauthier
as The Guide
Jacqueline Lecomte
as Her Friend
Rita Maiden
as Mr. Schultz's Companion
Laure Paillette
as Two Women at the Lamp
Colette Proust
as Two Women at the Lamp
Nicole Ray
as Singer
France Romilly
as Woman Selling Eyeglasses
Francois Viaur
as Reinhart Kolldehoff
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Critic Reviews for Playtime

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | March 1, 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 25, 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 19, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Playtime

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
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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Tati's epic "comedy" is truly a feast for the eyes. Full of delightful little moments and the occasional giggle, Playtime isn't so much a story as it is a world put up on screen. Like the cinematic lovechild of Altman, Chaplin and Jarmusch I must admit seeing this at home and alone is probably not the optimal viewing experience. Hence a mere 3 1/2 rating. I will seek to see this projected, in which case my rating is likely to go up dramatically.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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