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The Artist
The Artist

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Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo
Nov 25, 2011
PG-13, 1 hr. 40 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, Bitsie Tulloch
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Theater Release: Nov 25, 2011
DVD Release: Jun 26, 2012
Synopsis: Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies. -- (C) Weinstein

Critic Reviews

  • Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
    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.
  • David Thomson, The New Republic
    The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture.
  • Rafer Guzman, Newsday
    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.
  • Mark Rabinowitz,
    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.
  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary.
  • Jon Frosch, The Atlantic
    The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.
  • James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is.
  • Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "The Artist" may be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.
  • Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
    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.
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