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The Artist Reviews

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March 1, 2018
...a pasteurized memory, dressed up with the dapper black and white photography of Guillaume Schiffman... [Full review in Spanish]
March 1, 2018
... charms, astonishes and entertains; but it lacks substance... [Full review in Spanish]
November 27, 2017
Sadly, Hazanavicius is so unskilled, so steeped in the empty signposting of parody and stereotype, that he's actually signaling to us throughout The Artist that we're watching a quaint old art form Lindy Hopping its way to the bone yard.
February 26, 2017
One desperately wants to enjoy the cinematic escapade but the fun eventually wears thin as the familiar narrative fails to illuminate the magic of the movies during its infancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 17, 2015
Days after seeing The Artist, I find it hard to place any individual moments that resonated (aside from the doggie heroism) and I suspect that, title aside, the movie feels a complacent cynicism toward art.
October 16, 2011
This might have made a lovely 15- or 20-minute short, if anyone out there would fund such a thing. But at 100 minutes, it's a joke stretched a little too thin.
November 29, 2011
If The Artist truly were from the period it's about, it would be a minor film that occasionally played on TCM at 3AM, and about which even hardcore silent film fans wouldn't care much.
January 23, 2012
[A] sweet, sincere, massively overrated valentine to silent movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 28, 2011
Anyone who sees this as their first and only example of silent cinema will believe that the entire era was devoted to silly trifles, when, in fact, many artistic masterpieces were produced during that time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 24, 2016
Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist is not for a nanosecond fun-though it works hard to be so. Basically, it is A Star Is Born knockoff.
June 15, 2012
The Academy Awards are the biggest annual party that Hollywood throws for itself, and The Artist is a movie that worships Hollywood. Looks like a done deal.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 3, 2015
This is a bauble, not a jewel.
November 25, 2011
If silent, black and white films were something lots of people wanted to see, they'd still be making them. They aren't because most people don't. They are passé and their appeal is strictly esoteric.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
February 27, 2018
The Artist is a bore, just like the hammy has-been around which it revolves.
October 16, 2011
Ignores everything that's fascinating and memorable about the silent-film era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn't even qualify as a roman à clef.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2018
Such a project may seem pretentious, however, the charm of the film lies in its honesty, its purity and transmitting the mere pleasure of the director to honor the life of a silent film artist... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2018
... no film lover can afford to miss this film... [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2018
No words are needed. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 18, 2017
The Artist made me remember why I love movies.
February 27, 2018
The Artist makes a strong argument for film as an escape from the modern escapist fantasies. It doesn't mean anything - that's what some critics are crying now - but since when did we decide that movies always have to have meaning?
Full Review | Original Score: A
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