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The Painting Reviews

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Caroline McKenzie
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2013
Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 10, 2013
Dreary animated civics lesson with even drearier imagery.
Clayton Davis
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tom Clift
August 8, 2012
A marvellous French animation unafraid of broaching big ideas with a potentially pre-teen audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Dunks
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...
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 7, 2013
Inventive, fanciful, and decidedly UN Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 24, 2013
May enthrall precocious kids as well as fine-arts-oriented adults - otherwise no big deal.
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
May 24, 2013
It's a wonderful, imaginative, one-of-kind experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 10, 2013
A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 5, 2013
Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Tallerico
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Kent Turner
March 8, 2012
Adults will be charmed as much as kids, and the film's depiction of Venice, awash in orange and yellows, almost rivals the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Boyd van Hoeij
December 30, 2011
Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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.
Jean Lowerison
June 23, 2013
Move Over Pixar
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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