The Artist Reviews

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Top Critic
Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 17, 2015
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.
Anna Smith
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 17, 2015
Uplifting, heart-warming, hilarious... not necessarily words you'd expect to apply to a black and white silent French film. But The Artist is no ordinary movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Serba
MLive.com
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
February 17, 2015
The Artist is drunk on the history of cinema and art, and culture buffs will get giddy on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
February 17, 2015
Retro but totally modern, frivolous yet fundamentally serious, The Artist is a thing of grace and joy and a great American film -- of the sort it takes the French to make.
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
February 17, 2015
Filmed in stunning black-and-white, The Artist takes us back to a time when men wore suits, women wore hats and a simple dance could lead to love.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
February 17, 2015
They really don't make them like this any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
February 17, 2015
The overall effect is magical. If the technology allowed, we would shout it from the rooftops: you must see this film!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
February 17, 2015
Latter day silent movies need not be cute or vacuous -- daring Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's avant-garde creations have proved that triumphantly -- but this one is a highly polished and clever bit of frippery.
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 17, 2015
Director Michel Hazanavicius, in his first American production, has pulled of a miracle, making a gimmick with a pretty wispy framework into something sturdy, memorable and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 17, 2015
This is a celebration of how magical the movies can still be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
February 17, 2015
The movie isn't revolutionary and doesn't aim to create a whole new wave of silent filmmaking, but it is a fun diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
February 17, 2015
There's no such thing as a perfect movie, but there may be one you wouldn't wish to be any different. Such is the magic of The Artist.
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
February 17, 2015
What's old is new again in this dreamy romance. What's antiquated seems innovative.
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
Lisa Nesselson
sbs.com.au
February 17, 2015
Touching and entertaining in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
The List
February 17, 2015
Factor in a scene-stealing dog called Uggy and you have one of the most unexpectedly delightful films of the past year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Deborah Ross
The Spectator
February 17, 2015
I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it.
Dave White
Movies.com
February 17, 2015
Maybe this tribute to those early movies will inspire you to go watch something small, square and silent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Simmonds
The Arts Desk
February 17, 2015
Hazanavicius boldly strips cinema back to its wordless, monochrome days and, boy, does the end result sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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