Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jan 20, 2012
    100
    If nothing else, this is a cinematic high-wire act.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 22, 2011
    100
    Drama, comedy, action and romance are intertwined in this gorgeously photographed and brilliantly directed film. Lead performances are thoroughly engaging despite - or perhaps because of - being wordless.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 22, 2011
    100
    Strangely, wonderfully, The Artist feels as bold and innovative a moviegoing experience as James Cameron's bells-and-whistles Avatar did a couple of years ago. Retro becomes nuevo. Quaint becomes cool.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 22, 2011
    100
    Michael Hazanavicius's love letter to classic cinema isn't perfect but it's close enough to make just about anyone who sees it ridiculously happy - and that includes children and grown-ups who have never come across a silent film.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 22, 2011
    100
    Hazanavicius crafted more than a replica of the silent era; this feels like a time capsule found 80 years later, right on time to be revolutionary in a louder world. Yet The Artist is a masterwork that likely won't be imitated. How many movies in 2011 can you say that about? Only the best one.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Dec 22, 2011
    100
    The Artist is such an engaging, delightful film that, if you like movies, you will walk out of the theater with a smile. You just will; it's that inspired.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 21, 2011
    100
    Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white.
  8. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Dec 1, 2011
    100
    In many ways - in all ways - The Artist is a profound achievement.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Nov 28, 2011
    100
    It's a picture that romances its audience into watching in a new way - by, paradoxically, asking us to watch in an old way. The Artist is perhaps the most modern movie imaginable right now.
  10. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 25, 2011
    100
    This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love.
  11. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 23, 2011
    100
    With elements of "A Star Is Born" and "Singing in the Rain," The Artist is a rarity, an ingenious crowd-pleaser.
  12. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Nov 23, 2011
    100
    The delighted gasps in the theater will make you glad you took a chance on The Artist. Silent black-and-white movies are not coming back, but this one is such a rewarding labor of love by all of the artists involved that it just might make you wish they could.
  13. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 22, 2011
    100
    Get ready for a smash hit. Gimmicky but delicious, this is a valentine to the movies I promise you will cherish.
  14. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Nov 13, 2011
    100
    The film's charm and delight of discovery, plus its sterling international performances, could make it a breakout hit in theaters.
  15. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Dec 22, 2011
    91
    It's a bit precious, yes, but its earnestness and joy carry you along, and its climax simply delights.
  16. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 23, 2011
    91
    Days after I saw The Artist, I was still thinking (and grinning) about it, because the movie's real romance is the one between us, the jaded 21st-century audience, and the mechanical innocence of old movies, which here becomes new again.
  17. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 22, 2011
    90
    Artist evinces unlimited love for the look and ethos of the 1920s as well for the style of the movies. The filmmakers clearly did their homework and took great pleasure in doing so, an enjoyment that is passed along in ample doses to any viewer game for their nifty little conceit.
  18. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 22, 2011
    90
    This effort often manages to duplicate the magical pantomime of the era; a lovely scene in which Bejo drapes herself in the arms of a hung jacket as if it were a human lover could have come straight out of a Marion Davies picture.
  19. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 1, 2011
    90
    In the long and fraught history of Franco-American cultural relations, this movie is more than a peace offering; it's a loving, goofy, joyous French kiss.
  20. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 23, 2011
    90
    Beyond its craftiness and impeccable craft, the film sparks a warm connection with the viewer. Like a smiling cavalier swinging into view to rescue an imperiled maiden, The Artist brings salvation to melancholy movie lovers. For here is that rare film indeed that offers pleasure beyond words.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 28, 2011
    88
    Hazanavicius isn't just making a "silent movie," he is attempting to enter a time warp and craft something that would fool all but the most studious and scholarly into believing it could have been a lost film from a bygone era. If his tongue is sometimes a little in his cheek, that's all part of the fun.
  22. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 22, 2011
    88
    May be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining.
  23. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 22, 2011
    88
    The Artist may not be great art, but it's pearly entertainment.
  24. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Dec 22, 2011
    88
    Talkies may have killed silent movies, the way TV serials and soap operas wiped out radio dramas. But there are stories most effectively told in the old style, and The Artist is proof.
  25. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Nov 25, 2011
    88
    Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore, Michel Hazanavicius' French-sponsored charmer The Artist is a gorgeous black-and-white love letter to silent Hollywood with old-fashioned English intertitles and just a single line of audible (English) dialogue.
  26. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Nov 23, 2011
    88
    The Artist is anything but mute, with a lush orchestral score and a little sonic wink at the the end; fewer movies this year reward listening - and watching - so lavishly.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 21, 2011
    88
    The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. It just might leave you speechless. How can Oscar resist?
  28. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 23, 2011
    83
    The Artist plays around with the distinction between silent and sound cinema, resulting in the superficial entertainment value of a high concept film school joke. But it's a charming and supremely gorgeous joke -- sometimes too clever for its own good, other times not clever enough, and always at least an attractive diversion.
  29. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 22, 2011
    83
    It's a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 404 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 130
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    9
    I was wondering the effectiveness of this movie. I mean, a black and white film in 2011? Robbing all the Golden Globes and SAG Awards? Something must be **** up, I thought. I was terribly wrong. "The Artist" is possibly one of the greatest films ever created in the 21st century. It's almost flawless; the actors are downright perfect and the script is just **** optimistic and a poignant reminder of those old no-sound movies. It made me laugh and cry, and I don't do those stuff very often. I believe this deserves the best picture Oscar. Full Review »
  2. Dec 29, 2011
    2
    To love this movie you'd need to love old movies. I do, but they begin with Gary Grant having a verbal duel with Katherine Hepburn. No such duel in this silent film. (There was one short sword fight.) Several people in my audience fell asleep. Too long. Too predictable. My biggest split in years with the critics. Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    4
    The Artist is one of the most overrated movies of all time. Some people call it a tribute, but is nothing more than a rough copy. Getting started, all the value of the film is due to the year it was made, in other words, if The Artist was from 1930, would have been a film of the bunch and nothing more. The plot it is absolutely simple and you cannot say that it has the common structure: intro, development and conclusion. Third, the award winning performance of Jean Dujardin, is totally misjudge, all what he did was laugh and dance, that is not an Oscar. Fourth, the direction is poor, Hazanavicius has a lot to learn; he had not a chance to beat the great filmmakers, like Allen, Scorsese, Payne and Malick, something is wrong here. And for worse, the soundtrack was stolen from **** picture: Vertigo.
    The good part of the film was when the protagonist suffers in dreams because of the appearance of sound in movies and in his life. Another interesting thing is that it was filmed as a silent movie and for telling what the characters said, they use signboards. But the cinematography was awful.
    Awarding this picture the Academy is losing prestige and for me, this entity is no longer believable.
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