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The Artist Reviews

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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.
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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
February 17, 2015
Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 20, 2013
The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Mark Rabinowitz
CNN.com
February 15, 2013
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 17, 2012
You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 28, 2011
For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 23, 2011
"The Artist" may be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 23, 2011
The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 23, 2011
A silent movie shot in sumptuous black-and-white, no less. A silent flick made with not a jot of distancing winking, but instead born of a heady affection for a bygone, very bygone, era of filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2011
It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 22, 2011
It's a gentle, wistful tale, but with an ending so joyous and movie-magical that you just might dance out of the theater. (I did.)
| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 22, 2011
Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 22, 2011
"The Artist'' is a small, exquisitely-cut jewel in a style everyone assumes is 80 years out of date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2011
A beguiling tale about Hollywood's silent movie days that is itself silent, this made-in-L.A. French feature will charm cinephiles with its affection for one of the movies' golden ages.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 22, 2011
This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 22, 2011
The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 22, 2011
"The Artist" is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 22, 2011
Is "The Artist" a screwball comedy? A sentimental melodrama? A spoof? Serious? What? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 16, 2011
Yes, it's virtually silent, it's black-and-white, and you might not know the leads. But if you don't take a chance on this film, we can't be friends any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2011
My, The Artist is delightful, ingenious, funny, poignant and, in its own small way, profound. Put Oscar on high alert.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 9, 2011
Says something about stubbornness and ego (look at the pretension in that title again) and about the dangers everyone faces when they refuse to see that their world is changing around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2011
In many ways - in all ways - "The Artist" is a profound achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
December 1, 2011
Now, that's what I call entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 1, 2011
This slight but enormously likable picture seems destined to be an awards magnet: A holiday release with enough formal sophistication to appeal to cinephiles and enough old-fashioned showbiz bravado to win over a general audience.
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William Goss
Film.com
November 29, 2011
A cheeky trifle whose present-day novelty of being, well, silent and black-and-white carries it a long way.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 25, 2011
"The Artist" should appeal to anyone willing to take a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 25, 2011
In a time when movies often are sonic assaults, and meaning can be lost amid the clatter of explosions, gunshots and screeching cars, The Artist has an utterly beguiling purity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2011
"The Artist" is the wonder of the age, as much a miracle as "Avatar," though it comes at things from the totally opposite direction.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 25, 2011
Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 25, 2011
A project so idiosyncratic, so unlikely, so simultaneously innocent and sophisticated that it could only have been devised by the French.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 24, 2011
This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love.
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 23, 2011
Unfettered by irony, inspiring the kind of spontaneous emotional response we yearn for at the multiplex, [it] immerses us in joyful illusion, a world of movies within movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2011
It's a big, beribboned heart-tugger of a movie and Dujardin, who won the best actor award this year at Cannes, is a charming mimic of silent-film physicality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 23, 2011
A crowd-pleaser even if you aren't steeped in film lore. As the old posters used to promise, it's got Comedy! Romance! Thrills! (As well as one of the most charming trained dogs you've ever seen on the big screen.)
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2011
As it opens, we're watching an audience watch a silent adventure film, and in a funny way we spend the rest of the movie watching ourselves get swept up in conventions we can see through.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 23, 2011
The Artist plays around with the distinction between silent and sound cinema, resulting in the superficial entertainment value of a high concept film school joke. But it's a charming and supremely gorgeous joke.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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November 23, 2011
Silent black-and-white movies are not coming back, but this one is such a rewarding labor of love by all of the artists involved that it just might make you wish they could.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 22, 2011
Exuberantly entertaining and an emotional grower on reflection, Michel Hazanavicius's backstage drama takes the old A Star Is Born plot and makes it sing (very quietly).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 22, 2011
An undeniably charming homage to Hollywood in the late 1920s, The Artist will probably be the most successful silent movie since the days of the Gish sisters. It might also be the first silent film many of its viewers have ever seen.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 22, 2011
It's a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 22, 2011
"The Artist" is propelled by its performances, particularly Dujardin's. He has an exquisite elegance, and builds a whole movie with only his gestures. It's impossible to imagine "The Artist" without him, the wellspring of its charm.
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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2011
With supreme confidence and an informed, infectious fondness for his subject, writer-director Michel Hazanavicius manages to embrace contradictions and then resolve them with supreme comic grace.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
November 22, 2011
The Artist is so wonderful that the audience applauds everything, including the dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 21, 2011
The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. How can Oscar resist?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 20, 2011
What Hazanavicius has wrought is damnably clever, but not cute; less like an arch conceit and more like the needle-sharp recollection of a dream.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
The Artist never feels like a parody or a good idea that becomes laborious in the execution. It's lovingly corny, great fun, good-looking and respectful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 18, 2011
The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 18, 2011
Michel Hazanavicius's black-and-white throwback to cinema's silent era may seem steeped in fusty nostalgia, but it glitters and gleams with utterly of-the-moment wit and romantic zest.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
November 18, 2011
Dujardin turns his impeccable imitation skills on a host of early film stars, combining Rudolph Valentino's smoldering appeal and slicked-back hair with Errol Flynn's panache and pencil moustache, while preserving an essential sincerity in the process.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 20, 2011
Sends you home with your head in the clouds, intoxicated by the magic movies pull off better than any other art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 10, 2011
Throughout, Hazanavicius finds clever, poetic ways to illustrate the allure of Golden Age Hollywood stardom...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 9, 2011
The Artist may have started as a daring stunt, but it elevates itself to an endearing -- and probably enduring -- delight.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 25, 2011
Delightful and lovely, a little gift of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A