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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"The Artist'' is a small, exquisitely-cut jewel in a style everyone assumes is 80 years out of date.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
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.
Melissa Anderson - Village Voice
"The Artist" should appeal to anyone willing to take a chance.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The Artist may have started as a daring stunt, but it elevates itself to an endearing -- and probably enduring -- delight.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
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.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
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.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
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.
Richard Roeper - Chicago Sun-Times
Is "The Artist" a screwball comedy? A sentimental melodrama? A spoof? Serious? What? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The Artist is so wonderful that the audience applauds everything, including the dog.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A cheeky trifle whose present-day novelty of being, well, silent and black-and-white carries it a long way.
William Goss - Film.com
Delightful and lovely, a little gift of cinema.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
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.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
My, The Artist is delightful, ingenious, funny, poignant and, in its own small way, profound. Put Oscar on high alert.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A project so idiosyncratic, so unlikely, so simultaneously innocent and sophisticated that it could only have been devised by the French.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
"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.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
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.
Mary Corliss - TIME Magazine
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?
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"The Artist" is the wonder of the age, as much a miracle as "Avatar," though it comes at things from the totally opposite direction.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
This is a bauble, not a jewel.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
I loved it. Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it.
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.
- Willamette Week
Maybe this tribute to those early movies will inspire you to go watch something small, square and silent.
Dave White - Movies.com
Hazanavicius boldly strips cinema back to its wordless, monochrome days and, boy, does the end result sparkle.
Anchored by the wildly charming Dujardin in the lead, The Artist is so warm and entertaining, it will leave you speechless. And smiling.
The story fluctuates between light and dark elements as smoothly as its gorgeously contrasted black and white photography, dowsing audiences in a nostalgic glow of sunshine and shadows.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
Sometimes cinema should just be pure, unadulterated joy, and The Artist is precisely that, in every wordless frame.
Kate Muir - Times [UK]
Think of it as an art-house film that everyone can enjoy.
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
The year's most unlikely crowd-pleaser.
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.
Christopher Kelly - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Filming in gorgeous black-and-white, director Michel Hazanavicius lovingly embraces all the tropes of silent cinema (iris shots, titles), sharpening the familiar narrative with a slight edge that should satisfy contemporary tastes.
- NOW Toronto
Uplifting, heart-warming, hilarious... not necessarily words you'd expect to apply to a black and white silent French film. But The Artist is no ordinary movie.
Anna Smith - Daily Mirror [UK]
Through it all, Dujardin has great dignity, is hugely likeable, and pulls off touches of comic poignancy not far from Chaplin's.
Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius uses a shrewd eye for visual composition to tell an emotionally effective story never waylaid by the clever throwback gimmickry of his method.
John Serba - MLive.com
This is a funny, touching and innovative piece of work with a fun performance from Jean Dujardin.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
The Artist is drunk on the history of cinema and art, and culture buffs will get giddy on it.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
The result is an irresistible delight.
Tom Ryan - The Age (Australia)
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 the French to make.
Jonathan Romney - Independent on Sunday
What's not to like about The Artist? And then again, what is there, exactly, to love about it?
Scott Renshaw - Salt Lake City Weekly
Filmed in stunning black-and-white, The Artist takes us back to a time when men wore suits, women wore hats and a simple dance could lead to love.
Allison Loring - Film School Rejects
One of the very best films of 2011.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
They really don't make them like this any more.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
You have to applaud a movie that takes every rule for How to Sell Your Movie to Modern Audiences and throws it on a silver nitrate fire.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The overall effect is magical. If the technology allowed, we would shout it from the rooftops: you must see this film!
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Dujardin replicates the polished urbanity of Douglas Fairbanks, while his Argentine-born co-star is so puckishly charming that, had she been born 100 years ago, she would have given Clara Bow a run for her money.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Latter day silent movies need not be cute or vacuous -- daring Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's avant-garde creations have proved that triumphantly -- but this one is a highly polished and clever bit of frippery.
Mark Demetrius - FILMINK (Australia)
Instead of inviting us sophisticated moderns to look back and laugh, it insists that we look back and rediscover something we have lost.
Cosmo Landesman - Sunday Times (UK)
Director Michel Hazanavicius, in his first American production, has pulled of a miracle, making a gimmick with a pretty wispy framework into something sturdy, memorable and moving.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
It's a wonderfully lighthearted and thoroughly entertaining film that stands as a tribute to cinema from another era. It is, in fact, irresistible.
This is a celebration of how magical the movies can still be.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Since The Artist can't speak for itself, let me sing its praises instead.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The movie isn't revolutionary and doesn't aim to create a whole new wave of silent filmmaking, but it is a fun diversion.
Bejo and Dujardin give their characters indelible countenances and overall vibrancy. She's bright; he's elegant and funny. Whatever the film lacks in terms of achieving deep impact, they sparkle together.
Anita Katz - San Francisco Examiner
There's no such thing as a perfect movie, but there may be one you wouldn't wish to be any different. Such is the magic of The Artist.
Rima Sabina Aouf - Concrete Playground
The Artist recreates a movie era so full of wonder and emotion that it may make you question whether the way we were wasn't a whole lot better than the way we are.
Stephen Rebello - Playboy Online
What's old is new again in this dreamy romance. What's antiquated seems innovative.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The Artist is an absurdly anachronistic film in our age of 3-D cinematic assault. It's silent. It's black and white. And it's delightful.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
Film buffs will be hugging themselves with sheer pleasure. And ordinary filmgoers will be equally entertained by this hilarious and heart- felt tribute to the early days of Hollywood with its unmissable wild wit.
- Daily Star
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 humour.
Craig Skinner - HeyUGuys
Touching and entertaining in equal measure.
Lisa Nesselson - sbs.com.au
It's happy to wallow in the conventions of classics that came before it, and we're happy to wallow right with it, but the potential to become something more eludes it.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
Factor in a scene-stealing dog called Uggy and you have one of the most unexpectedly delightful films of the past year.
Allan Hunter - The List
This touching rise-and-fall story has already bagged a host of awards and seems on track for Oscar attention.
A fine piece of cinema that will hopefully be clutched by moviegoers for years to come.
That the film is so convincing and so engaging despite the lack of dialogue is an unquantifiable triumph.
Simon Gallagher - Film School Rejects
The Artist is a joyous and enchanting film.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
The Artist doesn't talk, but it sings.
Chris Knight - National Post
The Artist is at turns funny, heartbreaking, thrilling and a visual marvel with only the aid of Ludovic Bource's sublime score to guide our reactions.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Hazanavicius has reminded us of why we love the movies. He is sure to bring a smile to anyone who gambles on seeing this glorious throwback.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
Dujardin and Bejo have previously starred together in OSS 117: Cairo, A Nest of Spies, with the chemistry clearly already there, Hazanavicius was wise to cast them again.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
A modern-day classic that proves that Hollywood can still make incredible films.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture.
David Thomson - The New Republic
Don't let the simplicity of the story fool you, 'The Artist' is a movie in which the pleasures lie entirely in the details.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
Possibly one of the most joyously enjoyable films to screen in the Cannes competition -- especially for lovers of classic Hollywood cinema -- The Artist is a real pleasure.
Mark Adams - Screen International
Had The Artist been made 75 years ago, it might have been brushed aside as melodrama. Today, its affection for a lost past strikes the right note of wistful nostalgia.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist manages the trick of being both fearlessly loyal to an era of cinema that's long since passed and one of the few original motion pictures of its own time.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Mark Rabinowitz - CNN.com
Its retro-retro take uniquely delivers the most crucial element of the moviegoing experience, the art of entertainment.
I could spend hours talking about how fantastic The Artist is; how sublime Dujardin and Berenice Bejo are; how natural their movements and expressions are; how perfect the score is - oh, the score, so expressive and lively and jovial and magical.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Hazanavicius has perfectly captured the look and feel of the silent era with "The Artist."
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The Artist is apparently Hazanavicius' dream project and it's truly inspiring to see a filmmaker take such a big risk in this day and age: especially when it pays off so big.
Kristal Cooper - We Got This Covered
As an homage to silent films, it works. As a cinematic narrative of classic quality, it falls short.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The Artist is superfluous, but charming through-and-through, painted with lively performances, staggering cinematography and a lovely spirit of nostalgia.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Every now and then in an age of darkness and cynicism, a life affirming film is just what we need.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
I'm not sure how much replay this film will get, but a first viewing is awfully satisfying-though it makes the audience work a little harder than they're accustomed.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
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.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Filmwell
a witty, self-aware pastiche, full of clever audiovisual gags and cinephiliac allusions, with irresistible charm coursing through its nostalgic veins.
Anton Bitel - MovieScope
Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius toys with despair only to gloss over it.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
...it gives us a glimpse of what those silly people in black-and-white ... must have found so thrilling, engaging and ultimately heartening when they watched those quaint gray ghosts dancing on a screen they imagined was silver, so unrecoverably long ago.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It's a screaming endorsement to the power of cinema... without saying a word.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
'The Artist' is a masterpiece.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Whether you see the 'The Artist' for its nostalgia or its novelty, its joyous spirit is undeniable.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"The Artist" drags, as any film telling its story with its mouth and ears tied behind its back can be expected to. But it's a lovely bit of froth, the meringue on a cinema season that is both high-minded and awards oriented.
Goofily gorgeous, heartfelt and endlessly rewatchable, this is the true meaning of escapism - a doorway to another world, a world created to entertain eyes, heart and brain.
Catherine Bray - Film4
Warts and all, The Artist reminds us that the fire is far from extinguished.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
The Artist is a freakishly good one-off - I'd hate to call it a fluke, but it's unlikely someone could replicate this approach to such great effect in the near future.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A wonderful experience but if your mind isn't open to the idea of a silent film you might want to give it a miss. There are big rewards for those willing to investigate. You might have a new appreciation for the art of filmmaking.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
This is by far the best film of the year, an instant classic, which embodies the very essence of cinema. If we, in Northern Ireland, are not screening this sensational film then we might as well shut down all our cinemas.
Brian Henry Martin - UTV
The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.
Jon Frosch - The Atlantic
An occasion when style really does triumph over substance.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
It may look like an art film, but it's anything but. It's a good, old-fashioned, formulaic, Hollywood romantic comedy rise-and-fall story told with a modern sensibility and easily accessible by mainstream audiences.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
En pleno 2012, entre el auge de las vistosas superproducciones en 3D y la sobresaturacion de videos en YouTube, una pelicula muda y en blanco y negro logra entretener y emocionar como lo hacian hace 90 anos.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Mais que uma brincadeira com o periodo, e tambem uma homenagem doce, ingenua e profundamente divertida a Setima Arte e aos seus incorrigiveis amantes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Dujardin and Bejo light up the screen. It's easy to believe them as movie idols from a bygone era.
Neil Pond - American Profile
It's a deliriously, wondrously, unspeakably fabulous film.
Alice Tynan - The Vine
You're likely to be as smiling as much as George Valentin.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
As frothy, upbeat tales of old Hollywood go, it's superb, full of small delights and general sunshine.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A good, but not great film, it's plot seemingly derived from well-known films about films made back in the 1950s such as 'Singin' in the Rain'.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
If you want to see some spectacularly adorable if not particularly lasting or memorable dog tricks, The Artist is the film you've been waiting for.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Hazanavicius has woven together a variety of cinematic styles from different eras to make a silent film that is easily accessible to a contemporary audience.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
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.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
Everything about The Artist is unique, from its beautiful black and white images as it pays tribute to the silent movies of the 1920s to the casting choices and the resolution
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
It's 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
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Artist a lovingly rendered homage.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
What The Artist says about people who would like to sentimentalize and suspend the film industry in a bell jar is brilliant.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The Artist, as calculated as you know it is, is simply impossible to resist.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
[A] sweet, sincere, massively overrated valentine to silent movies.
Jim Schembri - Sydney Morning Herald
A warm and comfy dose of old-school charm and smile-inducing entertainment.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Terrific entertainment -- not an academic exercise but an unabashed crowd-pleaser.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
'The Artist' offers a unique cinematic experience in an age when extremely loud sound effects attack our eardrums while watching so many current movies.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The Artist delights in an ingeniously straightforward way that exceeds many a modern, technologically advanced, effects-loaded, big-budget blockbuster.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
A silent movie that speaks louder and with more power than a dozen films packed with pages and pages of dialogue. Definitely the year's best movie.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Imaginative, gorgeous, witty and even kind of sexy.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
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 Hazanavicius delivers with drama, laughter, romance and stellar performances from his cast.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Has the allure of a freshness it may not entirely deserve, but one that makes it go down very smoothly.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
I'm not sure Hazanavicius' love letter to the cinema is, in fact, the most outstanding movie of last year. But who would deny that it stands out from the motion-picture pack?
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
In a strange way, it's not unlike The Matrix -- only this time the red pill transports you into the futuristic world of sound, rather than a cynical world of two increasingly abysmal sequels.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Completely fun. Dujardin defies time periods. Bejo is all sparkly effervescence.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Was there ever a guy who could play an old school movie studio mogul like John Goodman? No.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A movie that is so old-fashioned from beginning to end that it's literally a breath of fresh air.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
Visually stunning, imaginative, and cleverly scored and choreographed, The Artist is quite simply and quietly, the year's finest film.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Deeper than mere mimicry...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
The Artist plays less like an original take on the early sound era than as fan fiction set in the world of Singin' in the Rain.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
[C]ould have been all about the gimmick. Marvelously, it isn't. And yet its marvelousness is wrapped up in the gimmick... [A] sweet, deep passion for The Movies... throbs through The Artist and makes it sing.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A story that's so sweet and innocent, it's practically forgivable for being the awards bait it's being offered up as.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
See it, but remember: no talking.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
A silent love song that anyone who adores film can nonetheless hear, loud and clear!
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
...breezy and effortlessly entertaining...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The Artist replicates film-making techniques of the past to create a warm, witty romance.
- Liverpool Echo
Although it sometimes runs short on invention, it makes up for it in style, execution and a cheery disposition that's positively infectious.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
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 delight.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
Although he is working in an older acting style that favors large gestures and emphatic facial expressions, Dujardin still evokes the entire wealth of the emotional spectrum
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Not just a re-creation of an archaic technique -- the characters are real, vivid, and affecting. The movie transcends its story to be more than a tribute to a simpler time.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Dujardin's performance carries it forward like an adventure actor of the period.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
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.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
While I admired and enjoyed the film, it reminded me of drinking a Pepsi Throwback; tastes great but brings nothing new to the table.
Kevin McCarthy - NerdTears.com
While never mocking the material he's working with, Hazanavicius doesn't take himself with a seriousness that could commit him to a tragic conclusion.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Gimmicky but cute.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Film of the year and a joy forever.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Gorgeously shot and utterly absorbing, this is a truly original love story that will leave you speechless.
Francesca Steele - Sky Movies
The purely visual filmmaking, accompanied by Ludovic Bource's musical score, is an absolute delight.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Hazanavicius is a true visionary artist himself, rejeuvinating a fond and near-forgotten skill and masterfully making it obtainable and oddly contemporary.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
...a good film with some great moments and two excellent lead performances...
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
...one of the most original films of this decade.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
It's a valentine to the cinema that comes from the heart.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's easy to dismiss The Artist as a simple love letter to the silent-film era, but there is a lot more at work here than just an attention-getting gimmick.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
This film says a lot, without saying nearly any words. It's one of the best of 2011. (Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Not only does 'The Artist' clearly demonstrate that something was lost when movies started talking, but it also proves that we haven't begun to learn what can be done with images alone.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
The story and the silent-era conventions may not be entirely original, but the director revives this uniquely American storytelling style with such infectious joy and life-affirming enthusiasm that it's nearly impossible not to respond in equal measure.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Essentially a stunt, but an expertly executed one that's immensely enjoyable, especially for movie buffs...a nimble, exuberant lark.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
'The Artist' paints a glorious picture of old Hollyood.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
In the more eye-pleasing The Artist, the plot eventually comes too close to its inspiration, though its early moments were headed for mastery - and transformation - of style.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
Hazanavicius crafted more than a replica of the silent era... a masterwork that likely won't be imitated. How many movies in 2011 can you say that about? Only the best one.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
"The Artist" is a delightful treasure. It is a charming mixture of comedy, melodrama and romance that cinema lovers should make a point of experiencing.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It may be silent, but The Artist earns some very loud applause
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
The Artist is a slight confection, really, but it's so delicious and knowing that it may well end up on any number of cineastes' desert-island lists. It's certainly on mine.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A love letter to silent cinema, Michel Hazanavicius' black-and-white non-talkie is a shallow but hellaciously enjoyable voyage into the past.
Sam Adams - Philadelphia City Paper
"The Artist" may be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This is not some clinical dissection of bygone cinematic techniques; it's a lively, appealing effort that mostly rises above mere novelty.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
It's about more than the gimmick, and The Artist will be calling to you, entrancing you and making you feel the love.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
This is the feel-good movie of the year and that's meant as praise, not a putdown.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
No less than a gushing ode to cinema itself. Unconditional bliss.
If the concept of a contemporary, postmodern silent film sounds like a gimmick, it is, but Hazanavicius' attention to character makes certain that the film acts as more.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It's not especially deep or profound -- just (very) good old-fashioned fun.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
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.)
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
There are certain productions that wear a broad smile and carry little personality, with director Michel Hazanavicius's valentine to moviemaking days of yore perfectly, utterly, monumentally...fine.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
"The Artist" is a delightful and unique experience because it cares about things most movies no longer do.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
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 movies.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Is the film more than a novelty plaything? Perhaps not. But within its confines it multi-achieves.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Its sound-of-silence narrative speaks louder than words, and reveals the power of nuance and understatement.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It's a bit precious, yes, but its earnestness and joy carry you along, and its climax simply delights.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius loads The Artist with magical, romantic moments.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A rapturous movie full of passion and artistry, self-aware but not self-absorbed. The Artist is about movie-making, in the way that great Hollywood movies have turned a loving (yet acerbic) gaze at themselves, like Singin' in the Rain.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
It won't hold everyone's attention, but it's not often that you can hear a pin drop in the cinema.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
A bona fide classic. You won't get the smile off your face all the way home.
Paul M. Bradshaw - Little White Lies
It sticks to many of the conventions of the form - printed titles, an effortless musical score, a loyal dog, and shameless melodrama - and has fun with them, yet also manages to be surprisingly heartfelt.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
A buoyant comedy that contains moments of pathos, this silent black-and-white movie recalls Singin' in the Rain but possesses a reverence that's endearingly French.
Betsy Sherman - Boston Phoenix
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.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Whenever I see a great film, I get a literal high off it, almost like a drug. The feeling can last for days. The Artist gave me one of those highs.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The Artist plays like a loving homage to an era of filmmaking that many people have forgotten or never knew.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The Artist is a witty little confection, bound to please but not necessarily to linger in the mind.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Reminds us that silent films aren't inferior to sound ones, just a little different.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The old-fashioned flavor of "The Artist" pays homage to what is considered the greatest silent film of all time, "Sunrise," but makes its own niche in modern film.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hazanavicius is so in tune with his material, he knows when to use a title card (sparingly) or when to let his audience read his actors' lips to get a laugh and his screenplay tucks the silent vs. sound argument as subtext within his narratives
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Though this pastiche has been crafted by film nerds and largely for them, Michel Hazanavicius' feature has an emotional generosity that speaks louder than words.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Resisting change, The Artist's movie star repeats a familiar history, that is, the history of movies that's been passed on in the movies.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Instead of cheering, I'll keep my mouth shut and give a silent nod of approval.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
A rare instance of movie perfection.
Laura Kern - Film Comment Magazine
The Artist is a crowd-pleaser in the most modern "old-fashioned" sense of the word.
Beverly Berning - culturevulture.net
The Artist is vibrant. It is clever and dramatic, and has a rich treasure trove of cinema lore and vitality. The Artist captures the eternal wonder of movies -- new and old.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
In many ways - in all ways - "The Artist" is a profound achievement.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Now, that's what I call entertainment.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
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.
Who'd have guessed that a silent movie would be the favorite for year-end awards?
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The Artist is a technical exercise first, movie second-but the result is undeniably pleasant. Few will be safe from the movie's bombardment of silent but deadly charm.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Though this isn't a new idea... and though it does have some heavy drawbacks, The Artist is lightweight fun for those of us who love silent-era movies, and will likewise probably please those who like simple entertainments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A must see movie for any fan of classic Hollywood.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
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 passe and their appeal is strictly esoteric.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
An invigorating, charming, witty and crowd-pleasing delight that's destined to become a classic while skyrocketing the careers of Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
The Artist is wordless. In a parallel mode, so are we, dumbstruck, at a loss for the superlatives that might match this cinematic wonder ... which very well may be the best film of the year.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
If there is a more joyous film this year, we haven't seen it.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
A picture that romances its audience into watching in a new way - by, paradoxically, asking us to watch in an old way. The Artist is perhaps the most modern movie imaginable right now.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
A bonbon to movies as they used to be, 'The Artist' is a treat.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
I can't help but feel that they never really figured out why to make this movie aside from the obvious exercise in homage.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Michel Hazanavicius'... hand is so sure, his actors so engaging (and engaged), that the movie plays as well as any other picture made this year-if not better.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
A sweet little trifle, very much the equal in romanticism and charm to the movies it's emulating, and it's playful to a nearly impossible degree.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
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.)
An old-fashioned crowd-pleaser that places a strong emphasis on the words "old-fashioned."
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
it just might be the best movie you'll see all year.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Jean Dujardin stamps his own imprint on the archetype of the slick, dark-haired leading man-he's also a handsome clown who may bring the pencil-thin moustache back into vogue.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Loving tribute to silent films has a few tense moments.
Betsy Bozdech - Common Sense Media
Both a surefire crowdpleaser and a magnificent piece of film-making.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
The happy ending had me on my feet cheering throughout the final credits. I can't wait to see it again.
This immensely entertaining black-and-white silent feature from France is one of the best and most original films of the year.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
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.
Bob Mondello - NPR
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).
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
A beautiful, ambitious, nostalgic endeavor that demonstrates its makers are, indeed, artists.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
It's a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
This is a movie that sweeps over you like a warm breeze with a self-assured artistry as undeniable as it's soulful lessons of love.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A frontrunner for the Best Picture (and other) Oscar, this charming valentine to the magic of silent cinema has won the hearts of moviegoers in every festival it has played, beginning with Cannes Fest in May.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Hazanavicius' film is a reminder that a good story, with great acting (Dujardin gives a breakthrough performance) that delivers (more than) what it promises will always go further than gimmicks and temporary pop culture phenomenons.
Kevin Jagernauth - The Playlist
One of the year's best films and happiest surprises - a genuine work of imagination and vitality that broadcasts its love for the very form it so expertly uses.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Made as a 1920s-style silent movie, this hugely enjoyable film is already a classic. And while it's far from mainstream, it's also packed with more wit, passion and invention than all of the films in any given multiplex combined.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A valentine to the glories of silent cinema, a triumph of artistic teleportation, pure effervescence that gives crowdpleasing a good name.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
The Artist is a whole lot better than Michel Hazanavicius's two OSS 117 movies: better gags, better performances, viable emotional arc, more sophisticated visual style.
Tony Rayns - Sight and Sound
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.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Except for the storyline, which lacks emotional depth, there's so much here for film lovers to make this a joyous experience.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
A lovingly shot, beautifully realized love letter to cinema history.
Stephen Silver - Patch
Imaginative, inventive and visually eloquent, it's definitely one of the best films of 2011.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
An utterly delightful, wonderfully inventive and frequently hilarious silent comedy that stands as a joyous, knowing tribute to classic silent cinema and features a trio of terrific performances from Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and Uggy the dog.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Sends you home with your head in the clouds, intoxicated by the magic movies pull off better than any other art form.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Michel Hazanavicius' spellbinding love-letter to silent cinema is a masterclass of inscrutable production design, top-notch physical comedy, and a postmodern sensibility which never descends into a rose-tintedly overzealous adulation of the era.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
A joyous celebration of cinema worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Singin' in the Rain.
David Sexton - This is London
The gifted director never settles, always reaching for bigger laughs, and delivering unexpected and immensely clever mise en scene. The actors are magicians, too.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
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 a clef.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
[VIDEO] Inspired proof that a black-and-white silent film with a 4:3 aspect ratio can be more entertaining than a 3D anything, "The Artist" conjures a bygone age of Hollywood that reminds us why we love cinema.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Consistently inventive, heartfelt, and mesmerizing, The Artist reminds one of the visual power of the medium. It's always been about the moving picture and The Artist is an amazing love letter to cinema, old and new.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Throughout, Hazanavicius finds clever, poetic ways to illustrate the allure of Golden Age Hollywood stardom...
Noel Murray - AV Club
Casts a spell- right from the first frame. For anyone that truly loves film.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Although a seemingly risky bet for box office success outside of small arthouse niches, the film's charm and delight of discovery, plus its sterling international performances, could make it a breakout hit in theaters, just as it was in Cannes.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
It's a lot like falling in love. You can't really express what it is you feel, but you feel it so powerfully, you can't ever imagine not feeling it.
David Poland - Movie City News