The Artist Reviews

March 1, 2018
... charms, astonishes and entertains; but it lacks substance... [Full review in Spanish]
March 1, 2018
...a pasteurized memory, dressed up with the dapper black and white photography of Guillaume Schiffman... [Full review in Spanish]
February 28, 2018
The Artist is a bore, just like the hammy has-been around which it revolves.
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.
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.
May 3, 2015
This is a bauble, not a jewel.
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.
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.
January 23, 2012
[A] sweet, sincere, massively overrated valentine to silent movies.
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.
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.
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 pass and their appeal is strictly esoteric.
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 clef.
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.