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  • Summary: From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex,From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art. [IFC Films] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 19, 2013
    80
    The point, of course, is to get lost. As the soft-spoken sage himself notes, “The world is a very puzzling place.” What a pleasure it is, the film suggests, to be perpetually befuddled.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 5, 2013
    75
    Not so much a documentary as a rambling interview, almost all done in animation.
  6. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Blissfully unconventional as a documentary and as an intellectual endeavor, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? won’t tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about Mr. Chomsky, but its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry’s entrancing, vibrant illustrations.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 5, 2013
    37
    The film is probably of interest only to those viewers who, like Gondry himself apparently, already have an obsession with Chomsky.

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  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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