The advent of sound in motion pictures signals the end of one superstar's (Jean Dujardin) career, while a young ingenue (Bérénice Bejo) stands poised to hit the big time.
" It isn't arty or intellectual, though it is artful and ingenious, and it's the rare crowd-pleaser that never feels obvious or pandering. "
" "The Artist" may be too cute to qualify as high art, but it's highly entertaining. "
" "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. "
" You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary. "
" There is literally nothing wrong with it. I don't have a single nit to pick, minor flaw to point out or little bit that annoyed me. It is pure magic from the first frame to the last. "
" The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies. "
" Is "The Artist" a screwball comedy? A sentimental melodrama? A spoof? Serious? What? Yes, yes, yes and yes. "
" A beguiling tale about Hollywood's silent movie days that is itself silent, this made-in-L.A. French feature will charm cinephiles with its affection for one of the movies' golden ages. "
" The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless. "
" 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. "
" "The Artist'' is a small, exquisitely-cut jewel in a style everyone assumes is 80 years out of date. "
" It's a gentle, wistful tale, but with an ending so joyous and movie-magical that you just might dance out of the theater. (I did.) "
" For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is. "
" 'The Artist': Michel Hazanavicius's novelty film owes much to Jean Dujardin's irresistible smile "
" The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011. "
" It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination. "
" The whole thing is so damn clever and charming, it might just sneak off with Best Picture. "
" 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. "
" A silent movie shot in sumptuous black-and-white, no less. A silent flick made with not a jot of distancing winking, but instead born of a heady affection for a bygone, very bygone, era of filmmaking. "
" Yes, it's virtually silent, it's black-and-white, and you might not know the leads. But if you don't take a chance on this film, we can't be friends any more. "
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