Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 12, 2013
    83
    Overall, though, the combination of Gondry’s whimsicality and Chomsky’s stoicism creates fascinating oil-and-water patterns that reveal more the longer they’re contemplated.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 21, 2013
    90
    I don't know whether the tall man is happy, but I do know that Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? is intellectually and visually groundbreaking, and most certainly a film.
  3. Reviewed by: Charlie Schmidlin
    Nov 20, 2013
    91
    To his credit (and without affectation), Gondry doesn’t cloak the fact that he is often perplexed by his subject. Because of his confusion though, we are able to learn quite a lot.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Nov 19, 2013
    100
    This is a film to see and then see again, to soak in and marvel at and -- like its director -- try to keep up with.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Nov 18, 2013
    88
    A magnificently quizzical diagram of two ceaselessly inquiring minds in perfect tandem, like a raw X-ray of atomized creativity.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 18, 2013
    91
    Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? bears the stamp of Gondry quirk but allows it to feel a lot more intimate than anything he's done since "Eternal Sunshine."
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 11, 2014
    7
    4/5★ Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
    Noam Chomsky is a man of ideas, and Michel Gondry is a man of images. Combine the two, and with a little
    4/5★ Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
    Noam Chomsky is a man of ideas, and Michel Gondry is a man of images. Combine the two, and with a little luck something cohesive and thought provoking will happen. ITMWITH? skates the line of confusion, and Gondry's thick accent doesn't help matters, but I was left with new points of view and the feeling that Gondry is the Wes Anderson of documentary filmmaking.

    Verdict: Not mindless entertainment.
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