The Artist Reviews

  • 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  • "The Artist'' is a small, exquisitely-cut jewel in a style everyone assumes is 80 years out of date.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

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