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The Artist (2011)

tomatometer

98

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 228
Fresh: 224 | Rotten: 4

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.

100

Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 0

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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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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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

PG-13,

Drama, Romance, Comedy

Michel Hazanavicius

Jun 26, 2012

$44.7M

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All Critics (228) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (224) | Rotten (4) | DVD (4)

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

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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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 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (4)
Toronto Star
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The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is.

December 28, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
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That the film is so convincing and so engaging despite the lack of dialogue is an unquantifiable triumph.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The Artist is a joyous and enchanting film.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

The Artist doesn't talk, but it sings.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

The Artist is at turns funny, heartbreaking, thrilling and a visual marvel with only the aid of Ludovic Bource's sublime score to guide our reactions.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Hazanavicius has reminded us of why we love the movies. He is sure to bring a smile to anyone who gambles on seeing this glorious throwback.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Dujardin and Bejo have previously starred together in OSS 117: Cairo, A Nest of Spies, with the chemistry clearly already there, Hazanavicius was wise to cast them again.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

A modern-day classic that proves that Hollywood can still make incredible films.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Don't let the simplicity of the story fool you, 'The Artist' is a movie in which the pleasures lie entirely in the details.

May 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Possibly one of the most joyously enjoyable films to screen in the Cannes competition -- especially for lovers of classic Hollywood cinema -- The Artist is a real pleasure.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Had The Artist been made 75 years ago, it might have been brushed aside as melodrama. Today, its affection for a lost past strikes the right note of wistful nostalgia.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist manages the trick of being both fearlessly loyal to an era of cinema that's long since passed and one of the few original motion pictures of its own time.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Its retro-retro take uniquely delivers the most crucial element of the moviegoing experience, the art of entertainment.

October 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Final Cut on Film
Final Cut on Film

I could spend hours talking about how fantastic The Artist is; how sublime Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo are; how natural their movements and expressions are; how perfect the score is - oh, the score, so expressive and lively and jovial and magical.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Hazanavicius has perfectly captured the look and feel of the silent era with "The Artist."

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

As an homage to silent films, it works. As a cinematic narrative of classic quality, it falls short.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The Artist is superfluous, but charming through-and-through, painted with lively performances, staggering cinematography and a lovely spirit of nostalgia.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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Audience Reviews for The Artist

'The Artist' brings back the memories of silent movie era to the millennium era which is a different approach and the critics definitely love it.. But to tell you the truth, they're kinda a little over-rated this movie.. But the power of this movie is even it is a silent movie but they're not boring.. So overall it's a great movie and definitely critics' favorite..
March 18, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Didn't really know what this was about for along time, saw the posters everywhere but never really took much notice, then I saw the trailer and knew I wanted to see it...mainly out of curiosity.

Freakin' awesome is all I can say, this film is 100% win from start to finish I tell no lie. Yes it is a black and white film, yes it is a SILENT film and yes it is just like those old scratchy films you've seen in documentaries from the era, so why see it you ask?

If you wanna see a homage to old 1920's films with dashing well dressed chaps, cute dames and lovely choreographed sequences harking back to the days of the Hollywood musicals then this is for you. The plot isn't too original really, the film is very much along the lines of 'Singin in the Rain' in terms of the gentle charming humour and basic story outline. Add to this a lead man who in my opinion looks very much like Gene Kelly and he dances well too!

The two leads in this film (to me) are unknown performers (unless you live in France) yet they look like Hollywood regulars and fit this film amazingly, Jean Dujardin is good looking, elegant and has good visual comedy skills whilst Bérénice Bejo is very cute, the perfect partner, a great match to Kelly and Reynolds. There are one or two well known faces from Hollywood in the film, Goodman has a main role within the film but he doesn't really fit the bill for me, just kept thinking oh its John Goodman in black and white.

Its hard to think you could watch a silent film these days but it really is such a fresh welcome change of pace just to have a musical score, the only problem I had with the film was the lack of intertitles or text that comes up in place of sound/speech from the actors.

A great feel good movie with stunning visuals achieved using the basic technology of the time, its got plenty of charm, heart and warmth, there's something about a black and white film that is just so cozy. You simply can't help but enjoy and smile whilst watching this, younger viewers and teens beware...there are no explosions or CGI is this film (hurrah!).
February 17, 2014
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

I think this movie is overrating. Okay. Thats unique, but the story is too flat.
May 5, 2013
A true masterpiece! A great throwback to the Golden Age of Cinema and a wonderful film in general. It has a great sense humor and it is very charming. Go see it!
May 3, 2013
Dr114
Chris Miele

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    1. Doris: I'm unhappy. George Valentin: So are millions of us.
    2. George Valentin: So are millions of us.
    – Submitted by Daniela T (20 months ago)
    1. Peppy Miller: The name's Miller. Peppy Miller!
    – Submitted by Brandon S (23 months ago)
    1. Peppy Miller: Out with the old, in with the new! That's life!
    2. George Valentin: *leaves his chair and motions towards it* I've made way for you.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (2 years ago)
    1. Doris: I'm unhappy George.
    2. George Valentin: So are millions of us.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (2 years ago)
    1. Doris: Why do you refuse to talk?
    – Submitted by Chad E (2 years ago)
    1. George Valentin: [in a strong French accent] With pleasure!
    – Submitted by Venkatesh S (2 years ago)
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