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
  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Shot in magisterial black-and-white, veteran director Trueba's drama is a welcome return from the Belle Epoque man.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 31, 2013
    80
    The lovely and poignant drama The Artist and the Model stirringly presents art, life and death as one irrevocably tangled trio.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Aug 2, 2013
    75
    The Artist and the Model is a simple, straightforward film about the wonder and awe that the natural world inspires in us.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Aug 2, 2013
    75
    It’s a miniature art history lesson that is also a rapt communion between two people who, at least in this moment, are joined in the ecstasy of creation.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 13, 2013
    67
    Well-crafted as it is, though, The Artist and the Model suffers from the familiarity of its plot, and especially in comparison with "La belle noiseuse," which ran over twice as long as this film but contained ten times as much insight into human nature.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 31, 2013
    67
    A wholly fictional tale, and while it has a few lovely, tender moments, there’s a definite feeling of “been there, drawn that.”
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Aug 1, 2013
    30
    It is a film with nothing but delight — no major revelations, no gravity and no meaning. This superficiality is a problem only because of the pretense of being about great art.
  18. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Jul 30, 2013
    30
    Treating one's audience like ignorant children in need of lecturing is hardly a way to win fans, or display one's own artistry.
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" 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 ounce believable. Don't waste your time seeing this flick. And I should add that I love art films. Full Review »