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The Artist Reviews

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.
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
June 20, 2013
The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture.
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 7, 2012
The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.
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
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
December 23, 2011
The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2011
It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.)
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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.
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.
December 22, 2011
The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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
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
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
December 1, 2011
In many ways - in all ways - "The Artist" is a profound achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 1, 2011
Now, that's what I call entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
November 29, 2011
A cheeky trifle whose present-day novelty of being, well, silent and black-and-white carries it a long way.
November 25, 2011
"The Artist" should appeal to anyone willing to take a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
November 25, 2011
Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2011
A project so idiosyncratic, so unlikely, so simultaneously innocent and sophisticated that it could only have been devised by the French.
November 24, 2011
This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love.
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
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
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.)
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-
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+
Top Critic
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.
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
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.
November 22, 2011
It's a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
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.
November 22, 2011
The Artist is so wonderful that the audience applauds everything, including the dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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.
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
November 18, 2011
The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
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
September 10, 2011
Throughout, Hazanavicius finds clever, poetic ways to illustrate the allure of Golden Age Hollywood stardom...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2011
The Artist may have started as a daring stunt, but it elevates itself to an endearing -- and probably enduring -- delight.
August 25, 2011
Delightful and lovely, a little gift of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: A