The Artist and the Model

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
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  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 6, 2013
    60
    Thanks to Rochefort and Folch, as well as Trueba's delicate direction, it still manages to be an embraceable journey, one with its own quiet -- and artistic -- rewards.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 1, 2013
    60
    Much like “La Belle Noiseuse,” the 1991 Jacques Rivette film it resembles, this contemplative drama washes over you.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jul 30, 2013
    60
    While veteran director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and writer Jean-Claude Carrière don’t bring much novelty to the May-December/muse-artist/naked-clothed cliché, they do imbue the material with genuine feeling—exploring the melancholy of waning days and a defiantly naive belief in artistic transcendence.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Aug 31, 2013
    50
    The Artist and the Model isn’t about much, other than female beauty. That theme is not exactly controversial. Chalk the tameness of the subject matter up to the period in which the film is set.
  5. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Although this leisurely tale of an aged French sculptor offers a few other small pleasures, in the end it lacks heft.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Aug 2, 2013
    50
    Cardinale’s few brief scenes are the ones with the most depth; her facial lines really did come along with some wisdom.
  7. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Aug 2, 2013
    50
    The Artist and the Model suffers from the opposite affliction: It has all the trappings of a serious work of art, and it hasn't been hurried but it remains, in the end, disappointingly hollow.
  8. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Jul 31, 2013
    50
    It’s a modest, reserved character piece that doesn’t push an agenda. The problem is that it comes across as if it lacks opinions, rather than holding them back.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jul 30, 2013
    50
    This safe, solemn tale of an aged artist whose vitality is briefly revived by a pretty young thing is unconvincing as an articulation of the potentially spiritual nature of the artist/model relationship.
  10. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Sep 10, 2013
    40
    Instead of developing the story’s wartime context, Trueba and veteran screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière offer passing reflections on the relationship between observation and the largely mental process of creativity, but little that ignites genuine drama.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Sep 11, 2013
    8
    Fernando Trueba is one of the most prestigious film directors who have Spain (he has an Academy Award to prove it). "The Girl of Your Dreams"Fernando Trueba is one of the most prestigious film directors who have Spain (he has an Academy Award to prove it). "The Girl of Your Dreams" was a typical movie Spanish, Andalusian charm and beauty. In "Chico & Rita", Trueba showed his love for boleros, Cuban music and an ode to deceased Bebo Valdés. With "The artist and the model," Trueba shows us his passion for French films, to Truffaut, old cinema, to the French language. A beautiful film, with class, elegance and a great fusion between Spain and France. Full Review »
  2. Sep 1, 2013
    2
    This movie was flat on about every level. There was no chemistry between any of the actors to make a ridiculous story line even an ounceThis movie was flat on about every level. There was no chemistry between any of the actors to make a ridiculous story line even an ounce believable. Don't waste your time seeing this flick. And I should add that I love art films. Full Review »