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  • Summary: In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting – where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters – and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, Ramo, Lola, Quill and Magenta explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations. [GKids] Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 10, 2013
    70
    For those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  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. Expand
  2. May 15, 2013
    0
    Worst movie of all time except for Hugo. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Collapse

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