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The Artist (2011)

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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.

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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) Weinstein
Rating:
PG-13 (for a disturbing image and a crude gesture)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$44,667,095.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Jean Dujardin
as George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo
as Peppy Miller
John Goodman
as Al Zimmer
James Cromwell
as Clifton
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 #2
Beau Nelson
as Peppy's Boyfriend #1
Alex Holliday
as Guard #1
Wiley M. Pickett
as Guard #2
Ben Kurland
as Audition Casting Assistant
Katie Nisa
as Audition Dancer #1
Katie Wallick
as Audition Dancer
Hal Landon Jr.
as Napoleon
Cleto Augusto
as Set Technician
Sarah Karges
as Laughing Dancer #2
Sarah Scott
as Laughing Dancer
Maize Olinger
as Shouting Dancer
Ezra Buzzington
as Journalist #1
Fred Bishop
as Journalist #2
Stuart Pankin
as Director #1
Andy Milder
as Director #2
Bob Glouberman
as Director #3
David Cluck
as Assistant Director
Kristian Falkenstein
as Actor in 'The Brunette'
Matt Skoller
as Peppy's Assistant
Annie O'Donnell
as Woman With Policeman
Patrick Mapel
as Assistant With Newspaper
Matthew Albrecht
as Tennis Player
Lily Knight
as Nurse At Peppy's House
Clement Blake
as Beggar
Tasso Feldman
as Zimmer's Assistant #3
Chris Ashe
as Zimmer's Assistant #2
Adria Tennor
as Zimmer's Assistant #1
Cletus Young
as Bartender
Andrew Ross Wynn
as Big Dancer
Jen Lilley
as Onlooker #2
Brian Chenoweth
as Onlooker #1
Uggy
as Uggy
Tim De Zarn
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Artist

All Critics (276) | Top Critics (55)

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/DFW.com
Top Critic

Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

It isn't arty or intellectual, though it is artful and ingenious, and it's the rare crowd-pleaser that never feels obvious or pandering.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Newsday
Top Critic

There is literally nothing wrong with it. I don't have a single nit to pick, minor flaw to point out or little bit that annoyed me. It is pure magic from the first frame to the last.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary.

April 17, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Artist

This lovely and poetic homage from our days to Cinema and the Golden Age of Hollywood silent movies is proof that a silent black-and-white film with a 4:3 aspect ratio can be so much better than many modern talkies, with wonderful performances by Dujardin, Bejo and Uggy the dog.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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
Kevin M. Williams

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
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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