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  • Summary: During the summer of 1943 in occupied France, not far away from the Spanish border, a famous old sculptor who is tired of life and wars finds the desire to work on his last masterpiece when a beautiful young Spanish girl comes knocking after escaping a refugee camp in the South of France. [Cohen Media Group] Expand
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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: 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.

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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. Collapse
  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. Expand