• Studio: Gkids
  • Release Date: May 10, 2013
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 10, 2013
    70
    For those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    May 23, 2013
    50
    Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels...But while the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get The Painting nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    May 23, 2013
    88
    Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, The Painting is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    May 10, 2013
    50
    Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as lifeless as their parents do.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    May 10, 2013
    90
    With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.
  6. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    May 9, 2013
    70
    This is a sweet adventure story for children. (Surely, American parents can deal with the bare breasts of one talking painting.) For adults it is short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d’art.
  7. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 9, 2013
    90
    Jean-Francois Laguionie’s consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.
  8. 75
    It’s a fanciful conceit and a well-animated parable about prejudice, standards of beauty and the shifting sands of the painters’ art.
  9. Reviewed by: Caroline McKenzie
    May 9, 2013
    50
    Its aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 10, 2014
    9
    This movie is a work of art - literally. It is surprisingly smart; the characters and plot have depth, the animation is different and beautiful, and the moral is great, too. It has a different feel than most Hollywood films, and is definitely wiser - it's just a feel-good film that warms the heart. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2013
    0
    Worst movie of all time except for Hugo. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Full Review »