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Thematically it works, even when it falls short dramatically.Grade: B Tomorrow: A big day with new films by Alexander Payne and Guy Maddin, and a fres ..
This is readily apparent in The Artist, an irresistible comic gem thats as light on its feet as its protagonist.
The movie, like a silent Star Is Born, counterpoints Georges descent and Peppys rise, though the affection between them is anything but spent.I do wis ..
It touches on some dark themes the relentless nature of progress, the risk of being marginalized by the latest technological achievement, the dangers ..
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Director Hazanavicius turns a courageous idea into textbook cinema.Leisurely paced and filmed in an old fashioned way that reminds one of the best of ..
Is the film Best Picture worthy.Thats debatable, but its hard to debate that The Artist isnt a solid piece of classy movie making.
The result is so disarming and poignant and such sheer, vibrant fun, it may alter many preconceptions about this dead mediumthat is, if audiences can ..
Bejo is a delight, but Miller is every starlet of the era, and none of them.
This might have made a lovely 15 or 20 minute short, if anyone out there would fund such a thing.But at 100 minutes, its a joke stretched a little too ..
In its cutting, its degrees of light and shadow and its contrasting hues of black and white, it is a product of serious study, honest appreciation and ..
Michel Hazanaviciuss black and white throwback to cinemas silent era may seem steeped in fusty nostalgia, but it glitters and gleams with utterly of t ..
The movie isnt revolutionary and doesnt aim to create a whole new wave of silent filmmaking, but it is a fun diversion.
But overall, its a beautiful, ambitious, nostalgic endeavor that demonstrates its makers are, indeed, artists.
Of course, its not enough to have an original idea: It also must be done well.
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Rather than being a celebration of colour and sound, its a eulogy for monochrome and silence; less a showcase of what film can do than a reminder of w ..
The acting is superb across the board in the way it recalls performances of 80 years ago.
The result is a charming work that received much acclaim at this years Cannes Film Fest and deserved it.
The result is a charming work that received much acclaim at this years Cannes Film Fest and deserved it.
But have no fear, The Artist is the absolute opposite of a bummer.This is no dark drama of Hollywood despair.
Those who know nothing about the history of cinema will not be shortchanged The Artist can be enjoyed by anyone who loves what is essential about movi ..
The Artist is a movie that deserves to be seen and appreciated by everyone.
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Its no wonder the Weinsteins are marketing this as their big Oscar contender, and its easily good enough to qualify for many of the top awards.But her ..
But its a charming and supremely gorgeous jokesometimes too clever for its own good, other times not clever enough, and always at least an attractive ..
Surely some sort of reworked equivalent would have been a better idea.
Theyre wonderfully expressive performers, which suits Michel Hazanaviciuss film perfectly.One of last years biggest surprises, and theyll be watching ..
Though far from a great movie, its nevertheless an irresistible one.
Director Gerardo Naranjo admittedly does a superb job of initially drawing the viewer into the proceedings, as the filmmaker has infused Miss Bala wit ..
A good, but not great film, its plot seemingly derived from well known films about films made back in the 1950s such as Singin in the Rain.
It combines delightful humor and charm with what movies at their best have always conveyed: the honest power of pure emotion.
Nothing about The Artist is transcendent or brilliant.A frothy, upbeat tale of old Hollywood, its clever but not particularly innovative, different bu ..
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The latter had the greatest impact in terms of changing filmmaking and theatrical presentation.
The story is simple, and that is a significant part of its charm.
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The black and white silent movie, made this year, is fresher, funnier and more daring than any newfangled 3 D extravaganza around.
Riotous laughs, breathless thrills and weeping pathos film managed all that when the movies were silent, the movies were black and white, and the movi ..
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But it doesnt take this captivating and steadily surprising movie very long to tickle your funny bone, take a piece of your heart and pull you in deep ..
In addition, there are some brilliantly inspired surprises that it would be unfair to spoil here, while the final scene will send you out of the cinem ..
Its artistry is never in question, and cinephiles will surely slap themselves silly with delight, standing before an affectionate resurrection of the ..
But whereas Singin in the Rain had some profound things to say about the nature of art in entertainment, The Artist doesnt burrow very deep.
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The Nature of Imitation is the sound of Dorian Concept systematically deconstructing various genres, stripping them back to the bones underneath and t ..
The Artist (is) a good film with some great moments and two excellent lead performances, but if that is the mandate for a movies position as the years ..
Thankfully, though, this is far more than just a knowing and ironic pastiche of old Hollywood silents.It is heartfelt too.
Retro but totally modern, frivolous yet fundamentally serious, The Artist is a thing of grace and joy and a great American film of the sort it takes t ..
That kind of story doesnt win Oscars or get embraced by art house audiences looking for comfort food.
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The Artist, a gleefully inventive, gloriously entertaining black and white silent, proves that less is more.Its a rocket to the moon fueled by unadult ..
Its 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 physi ..
By contrast, this 2011 effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of ..
ould have been all about the gimmick. Marvelously, it isnt. And yet its marvelousness is wrapped up in the gimmick... sweet, deep passion for The Movi ..
A crowd pleaser even if you arent steeped in film lore. As the old posters used to promise, its got Comedy! Romance! Thrills! (As well as one of the m ..
Its easy to be captivated by this unique, universal piece that above all makes us care for its characters as we journey through a maze of emotions
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Could it be that the joys of an earlier era of cinema are on the move, out of the archives and into the public domain.Martin Scorseses wonderful Hugo ..
Likeable and innocuous as it is, The Artist is basically a cinematic novelty item.
The clever direction is funny and sweet, continually taking our breath away with inspired moments of comedy or pathos.
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Embracing the techniques and look of the times, and paying homage to numerous silent classics and Citizen Kane, this loving, warm pastiche is a sheer ..
Film fans will especially appreciate the films elaborate, beautifully executed montages.
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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 ..
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 ma ..
This is a joyously entertaining movie, but also a potentially important one.It will, in our age of mindless action, 3D blockbusters and multi million ..
The Artist is tender, touching and never makes the mistake of simply sending itself up.
What better way could one year end and another start than with a pair of charming, funny, moving films celebrating the cinema itself
A great deal of the appeal of The Artist is the pure novelty of the experience.
This weeks new movie releases Usually.But The Artist is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater w ..
But what keeps us in the movie is whats happening on its playful, shimmering surface.
In a word, it was a bit too cute for its own good.Yet, as the film unspooled, its charms began to congeal and the underlying emotions of its comfortab ..
Although its imperfect, its charm and grace make the flaws easy to forget.
It always remembers that its a novelty film and never wears out its welcome, preferring to pop with seemingly effortless charm rather than relentlessl ..
The involving story, cinematic artistry and compelling performances we look for in high quality filmmaking are much in evidence here as are humor, pat ..
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Its a story of renewal rather than destruction, and what it mostly renews is our faith in a story well and simply told.
But it doesnt take a masterpiece to remind us of the power of silent films.
But Hazanavicius is neither nostalgic nor sentimental about the bygone era hes so faithfully recreated.Instead, he focuses a contemporary viewpoint on ..
The Artist finishes with a terrific bang, and positively bursts with affection for an era of American cinema and culture that Americans have all but f ..
Dujardin has all the swaggering exuberance and conceit of Douglas Fairbanks, but he is also a deft physical comic and a pretty terrific tap dancer.Fac ..
The actors and director Michel Hazanavicius have to work overtime to hold our attention and they succeed in this magnificently with scenes of great wi ..
But get ready for a smash hit.Gimmicky but delicious, this is a valentine to the movies I promise you will cherish.
It is true the film is a pastichebut it is lovingly made and extremely watchable all the same.
And if nothing else, the film serves as a great reminder that while not every off the wall idea is guaranteed to be a success quite like The Artist, i ..
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Is The Artist a screwball comedy A sentimental melodrama A spoof Serious What Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Now that the summers industrially processed rom coms and budget busting action flicks have given way to the comparatively refined offerings of autumn, ..
The Artist is an utterly charming film that earns its audiences support the old fashioned way.
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Wildly entertaining, with a big generous heart, The Artist is not just an exercise in old school filmmaking, its a beautifully told story that is clas ..
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In short, the eager to please The Artist thoroughly succeeds in its intentions.
A joyous celebration of cinema worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Singin in the Rain.
Between brilliantly executed performances, dance numbers, and an exquisitely told romantic story about loss and redemption, this flawlessly crafted fi ..
An awful lot of movie mad thought has gone into it.But the result is a sweet and simple delight.
Hazanavicius has a deft hand at directing and a delightful sense of whimsey.The film is peppered with sight gags in the best of classic Hollywood trad ..
Im equally grateful that in a year when the final Harry Potter movie boomed its way toward supersonic levels of fantasy, director Michel Hazanavicius ..
Just go with it, and youll find this is one of the best films of 2011.
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Although I enjoyed this movie quite a bit, I certainly hope it doesnt start any kind of trend.The novelty of it certainly plays a part of its charm.
Three Movie Buffs
Filming in gorgeous black and white, director Michel Hazanavicius lovingly embraces all the tropes of silent cinema (iris shots, titles), sharpening t ..
Theres no better way to end the year than by catching this delightful homage to silent cinema a tender, witty and exceedingly clever caprice from the ..
The Artist is not at its core a cinematic essay piece or simply an indulgent slice of self reflexism but an intoxicating story told with skill and hum ..
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This delightful, beautifully acted ode to old Hollywoodco starring John Goodman, James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Millermay occasionally feel like a cl ..
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A scene where Clifton prepares a meal for Valentin within the confines of a studio apartment plays like Sunset Boulevard meets a Morecambe and Wise sk ..
Completely fun. Dujardin defies time periods. Bejo is all sparkly effervescence.
But The Artist is no ordinary movie.The nostalgic story of a silent era film star in Hollywood, its a life affirming tribute to the history and joys o ..
Those idiosyncrasies will keep a great many moviegoers from thinking theyll want to see it, but it would be their loss, because for its first 45 minut ..
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The Artist is a sheer joy, a film that, amazingly, feels totally contemporary even as it is an intentional throwback to an age long since passed.
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The answer is with a simple storyline and extremely appealing performances.
For what is ostensibly a bright and bouncy affair, The Artist does get rather dark and depressing for a surprisingly lengthy period in its final act.W ..
Critical darling and winner of Best Film, Actor and Director at the 2012 Academy Awards, this French romantic comedy is set in 1927 Hollywood and an o ..
The Artist is an absurdly anachronistic film in our age of 3 D cinematic assault.Its silent.
The Artist may be the years most brightly imaginative and purely enjoyable film.
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Its a likeably game performance.Hazanavicius directs with a fundamental understanding of how silent cinema works, drawing broad yet sensitive performa ..
The Arts Desk
This is the very purest of pleasures, and loses none of its sweeping power on the small screen a bold, quick witted and unashamedly joyous experience ..
The Arts Desk
Its beautifully done.My only criticism is that the comedic elements work better than the dramatic elements.
The Film Pie
Its not the best movie of last year, or my favorite movie of last year, but it is the one that is likely to be remembered most fondly by the sort of m ..
Ar Kansas Online
Martin Scorseses love of the movie medium shines through almost every frame of Hugo, which culminates in a creationa fascinating re creationthat could ..
Hidden in the branches of its entertaining, if a tree falls in a forest simplicity are intricate notions about art, illusion and making ones self unde ..
A gift that keeps on giving, The Artist is a film that demands your attention at every moment. All senses are glued to the screen and director Michel ..
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This may be the final time anyone will attempt a film of this sort, but building the reasons for its obsolescence into the plot as a story element is ..
Every scene is meticulously composed for maximum audience pleasure by Hazanavicius and director of photography Guillaume Schiffman.
1 of 5 View Caption Jean Dujardin portrays George Valentin, left, and Berenice Bejo portrays Peppy Miller in a scene from The Artist.
Delicate without being melodramatic, The Descendants is a beauty.One of the most memorable films of 2011.
Shot in glorious black and white, The Artist will dazzle you with its visuals and captivate you with its lively performances so much that youll easily ..
Nyc Movie Guru
Gorgeously shot and utterly absorbing, this is a truly original love story that will leave you speechless.
The Artist is a modern movie digital even; its the comment it makes on a bygone era using the gift of hindsight that marks it out.
The Ooh Tray
The Artist is a bold yet subtle masterstroke, a gorgeous and refreshing charmer with a sunny side up demeanor and an infectious passion for filmmaking ..
And, 109 years after audiences world over first enjoyed its inventiveness, the 15 minute long tale is still wildly entertaining.
A fine piece of cinema that will hopefully be clutched by moviegoers for years to come.
If it doesnt leave you with a smile plastered all over your stupid face, then you dont have a mouth, in which case, Im sorry I said your face was stup ..
The Shiz Nit
Whilst easily taking the crown as the most enjoyable film of 2011, The Artist also makes a compelling case for being one of the most faultless efforts ..
What works: Its a pure cinematic delight, a funny and tender love letter to old Hollywood that coasts along on the outsized charm of its lead actors a ..
Putting it like this may tempt some to dismiss The Artist as cute pastiche, but it is far smarter and more enjoyable than that.
The Artist is vibrant.It is clever and dramatic, and has a rich treasure trove of cinema lore and vitality.
But it is hype that might elevate expectations beyond what this cute yet underwhelming and totally disposable flick can adequately satisfy.
Gimmicky but cute.The French team of actor Jean Dujardin and writer director Michel Hazanavicius (the OSS 117 spy spoof series) takes a time machine r ..
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Its a good, old fashioned, formulaic, Hollywood romantic comedy rise and fall story told with a modern sensibility and easily accessible by mainstream ..
Despite the off putting combination of silence and black and white, this film is going to play very well with smart people who feel they deserve cheer ..
The film is nostalgic and old fashioned as in old Hollywood and new Bollywood, its a love story in which the lovers never kiss.
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For here is that rare film indeed that offers pleasure beyond words.
It can be tricky watching a film like The Artist at this point in the game.
The Artist is art that stands on its own, a reflective surface of some of cinemas best ideas.
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Dont let that scare you, oh modern filmgoer.Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius uses a shrewd eye for visual composition to tell an emotionally effect ..
But underneath also lies two of the most surprisingly charming performances of the year.
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It ends up both a tribute and celebration of an era as well as an exhibit of the pitfalls and failures.
A joyous cinematic valentine to the silent movie era, The Artist is the most out and out entertaining, purely enjoyable movie to come around in years.
Anchored by the wildly charming Dujardin in the lead, The Artist is so warm and entertaining, it will leave you speechless.
Was there ever a guy who could play an old school movie studio mogul like John Goodman No.
Bejo and Dujardin give their characters indelible countenances and overall vibrancy. Shes bright; hes elegant and funny. Whatever the film lacks in te ..
And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
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But awarding it a Best Picture statuette would be a Shakespeare in Love size mistake.
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The films cast provides the final piece of the puzzle here, providing broad but heartfelt performances that mirror the era.
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The Artist is an old fashioned comedy, trading between the heart breaking and the joyous, but never losing its magic or its hope in humanity to adapt.
Everybody feels oh so very much in We Bought a Zoo, but thats to be expected from Crowe, whose heart has been perpetually on his sleeve since Say Anyt ..
Shockingly empty, mostly bland and often kind of boring, The Artist is a fine technical exercise but offers little else beyond the gimmick of a silent ..
Bad Ass Digest
What is ultimately so pleasing about The Artist is how much the film expresses an all encompassing love of cinema in all its guises.
Dujardin is a debonair and charismatic leading man and there is simmering screen chemistry with the luminous Bejo.
Liver Pool Echo
A wonderful experience but if your mind isnt open to the idea of a silent film you might want to give it a miss. There are big rewards for those willi ..
The Popcorn Junkie
The Artist makes a strong argument for film as an escape from the modern escapist fantasies.
Re: the Oscars The Artist is the best kind of Oscar contender in that it never once feels like it was built to hook the Academy, but it will surely pr ..
The Film Experience
However, from its story structure to its direction and concrete plasticity, The Artist misjudges conviction; its makers fail to comprehend that it can ..
Director Michel Hazanavicius, in his first American production, has pulled of a miracle, making a gimmick with a pretty wispy framework into something ..
This might demonstrate that movies dont need dialogue, or else it simply proves how bad most movie dialogue is.
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Its a bit precious, yes, but its earnestness and joy carry you along, and its climax simply delights.
Jean Dujardin stamps his own imprint on the archetype of the slick, dark haired leading man hes also a handsome clown who may bring the pencil thin mo ..
The novelty fades and one might be watching a somewhat run of the mill silent.Still the experience brings back memories of some great silent movies.
Ironically, slavish devotion to silent storytelling is what causes its undoing: modern movies undermine what would easily provoke an emotional reactio ..
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The nostalgic story of a silent era film star in Hollywood, its a life affirming tribute to the history and joys of cinema.
It was just as retro but also funnier and more heartbreaking than The Artist, yet animation is rarely given the credit its due.
This one has its flaws, but it also has supercharged charm to spare.
Visually stunning, imaginative, and cleverly scored and choreographed, The Artist is quite simply and quietly, the years finest film.
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Should an absence of start to finish originality erase the pleasures of superb execution
How this captivating knot works itself out is but one of the movies many charms.
The Artist is an inventive, visually eloquent and joyously intoxicating celebration of movies.
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It will be a new experience to many movie goers.Do yourself a favor and give it a chance.
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I walked into a screening thinking it sounded enjoyable, a bit of a novelty, a nice gimmick.I walked out thinking its my favorite movie of the year: I ..
I wish I knew how to say more without infringing on whatever your experience is going to be.
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The nostalgic reverie it inspires is more original; though it doesnt advertise its intellect, its smarter.
Tony Rayns finds resonances in unexpected places The Artist is a whole lot better than Michel Hazanaviciuss two OSS 117 movies: better gags, better pe ..
The story and the silent era conventions Hazanavicius employs may not be entirely original, but the director and his cast revive this uniquely America ..
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In telling the story of an artful form of entertainment, this film becomes a piece of art itself.
A silent love song that anyone who adores film can nonetheless hear, loud and clear!
Its a rapturous movie full of passion and artistry, self aware but not self absorbed.
They will live up to the high expectations demonstrated by past teen performers who have gone on to excel in their continued musical education and per ..
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The story fluctuates between light and dark elements as smoothly as its gorgeously contrasted black and white photography, dowsing audiences in a nost ..
It would be easy to overpraise this very slight little picture.But its heart is in the right place.
The Artist is not a novelty, nor is it imitation.If it must be considered homage then it is homage to talkies just as much as silent film.
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The best film Ive seen so far at the festival and one of the best of the year is both shot in black and white and silent.
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The idea of making a silent movie for a modern audience may seem like the ultimate act of self indulgent whimsy or self deluding nostalgia.But it work ..
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Its a silent, black and white tribute to silent black and white films, and its simply joyous.
Its appeal lies in its innate ability of tapping into that sense of joy that lies within us all. It is irresistibly charming. It is unmissable.
It was many moons ago in a darkened theater that my love of cinema took root as I snuck in to see my first R rated film, Blade Runner.
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The Academy Awards are the biggest annual party that Hollywood throws for itself, and The Artist is a movie that worships Hollywood its vanity, its va ..
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Nicolas wanted bright, primary colours and everything to be really sharp.
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