Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2011

Romantic comedy
It is hard to discuss The Artist without acknowledging how special it is, and it will likely ride a wave of that kind of affection straight to the podium to accept the Best Picture Oscar. A black-and-white silent movie from out of nowhere, this is not the sort of film Hollywood bets on—which is why Hollywood loses so much money on remakes of Conan the Barbarian. A very simple story set at the pivot point when silent movies gave way to talkies, The Artist shows two careers at the crossroads. As George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) fades away, Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) becomes America’s first sweetheart of the sound era. This is a beautiful film start to finish, one of the very few movies from 2011 you’ll remember just as fondly in, say, 2013.
Official Site: weinsteinco.com/sites/the-artist
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Producer: Thomas Langmann, Daniel Delume, Antoine De Cazotte and Richard Middleton
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Missi Pyle


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Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood harks back to old genres for holiday releases Horsing around with The Artist, Tintin, and War Horse by Curt Holman 12/19/2011
Charleston City Paper The Artist recalls a time of cultural change Movies don't get much more ebullient, charming, and heart-skippingly cute than the romantic comedy The Artist, which has edged its way into many critical best lists. by Felicia Feaster 01/18/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Ain't tryin' to hear that: The Artist The Artist has the ability to surprise and delight greatly those who aren't going in crossing their arms and daring it to. by Justin Strout 01/19/2012
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Indy Week The Artist is deserving of the feverish praise it has inspired A French silent film as Oscar's Best Picture of 2011? I'm voting oui. by Laura Boyes 01/18/2012
NUVO Review: 'The Artist' Movie buffs will have fun identifying the references; everyone else should appreciate the old-fashioned mix of comedy and melodrama. by Ed Johnson-Ott 12/22/2011
Portland Mercury Don't Speak The Artist: Shhh! There's a gimmick happening! by Jamie S. Rich 12/22/2011
The Coast Halifax The Artist: silence is golden in black and white French film evokes Hollywood's glorious past by Molly Segal 01/19/2012
Pittsburgh City Paper The Artist A silent film about silent film proves more dull than illuminating by Harry Kloman 01/11/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week The Artist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and film events around town. 01/19/2012
Chicago Reader Silent knight Michael Hazanavicius's The Artist revives the silent cinema by J.R. Jones 12/22/2011
Chicago Reader This week's Culture Vultures recommend . . . In-the-know film industry Chicagoans recommend The Arbor, The Artist, and Fringe by Drew Hunt and Joey Jachowski 01/19/2012
Memphis Flyer Hollywoodland French import The Artist is an outsider's flawed but charming dream of silent cinema and movie glamor. by Chris Herrington 01/19/2012

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