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.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
A love letter to silent cinema sealed with a smirk...
—Peter Debruge Variety
...a beautifully shot, beautifully acted piece of fluff.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
...movie love at its most anodyne...
—Melissa Anderson Village Voice
...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?
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
... full of homages to many other films. I suppose it will be fun for cinéastes to pick out the references, but not all of them ? like the ones from Citizen Kane or Sunset Boulevard ? are especially germane.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...neatly sidesteps this unsolvable dilemma by ignoring everything that's fascinating and memorable about the era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn't even qualify as a roman à clef.
—Jaime N. Christley Slant Magazine