The Painting Reviews

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July 15, 2014
Le Tableau feels like Toy Story if it had been directed by Terrence Malick in an Italian opera that was written by William Shakespeare. It's so profound and moving that your heart fills to the brim with adoration and marvel.
November 10, 2013
A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.
September 11, 2013
The Painting may be too mature for younger kids...[and] may also be too simple for grown-ups. But for those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
September 8, 2013
Made in sumptuously styled animation with a kaleidoscope of bright colours, this briskly-paced French production deals with themes of identity and imagination in a way that should entrance younger viewers...
September 5, 2013
Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.
August 1, 2013
A deeply allegorical work about coming to terms with a creator who may have left us behind but it's also just a delightful, romantic adventure with a visual palette far more engaging than most animated blockbusters this year.
June 23, 2013
Move Over Pixar
June 7, 2013
With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.
May 24, 2013
May enthrall precocious kids as well as fine-arts-oriented adults - otherwise no big deal.
May 24, 2013
Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.
May 24, 2013
It's a wonderful, imaginative, one-of-kind experience.
May 23, 2013
While the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get "The Painting" nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
May 23, 2013
It's sophisticated and stunning, amusing and harrowing, and quite possibly one of the most interesting pictures of the year, raising the bar for CG-animated pursuits.
May 15, 2013
Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.
May 10, 2013
Dreary animated civics lesson with even drearier imagery.
May 9, 2013
Short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d'art.
May 9, 2013
The film's aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting.
May 7, 2013
Inventive, fanciful, and decidedly UN Disney.
August 8, 2012
A marvellous French animation unafraid of broaching big ideas with a potentially pre-teen audience.
July 13, 2012 imaginative parable to teach children about creationism as well as racism, colonialism and many other human evils, framed in a manner that adults will appreciate too.
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