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.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
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.
-Mark RabinowitzFull Review
You can't fault it as smart entertainment, which eschews parody to make a sincere tribute that also serves as cogent current commentary.
-Peter HowellFull Review
The movie ever fully shakes off its air of skillfully executed experiment, but it's spirited and charming nonetheless.
-Jon FroschFull Review
"The Artist" drags, as any film telling its story with its mouth and ears tied behind its back can be expected to. But it's a lovely bit of froth, the meringue on a cinema season that is both high-minded and awards oriented.
-Roger MooreFull Review
'The Artist': Michel Hazanavicius's novelty film owes much to Jean Dujardin's irresistible smile
-Joe BaltakeFull Review
For a movie that is so much about technique, it's surprising how affecting the story is.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
The Artist is the most surprising and delightful film of 2011.
-Tom LongFull Review
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.
-Lisa KennedyFull Review
It's a rocket to the moon fueled by unadulterated joy and pure imagination.
-Colin CovertFull Review
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.)
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
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.
-Steven ReaFull Review
"The Artist'' is a small, exquisitely-cut jewel in a style everyone assumes is 80 years out of date.
-Ty BurrFull Review
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.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
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.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
The Artist is charming as all get-out, a delightful little movie about the movies.
-Chris VognarFull Review
"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.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
Is "The Artist" a screwball comedy? A sentimental melodrama? A spoof? Serious? What? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
-Michael PhillipsFull Review
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.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
My, The Artist is delightful, ingenious, funny, poignant and, in its own small way, profound. Put Oscar on high alert.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Says something about stubbornness and ego (look at the pretension in that title again) and about the dangers everyone faces when they refuse to see that their world is changing around them.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
In many ways - in all ways - "The Artist" is a profound achievement.
-Mick LaSalleFull Review
This slight but enormously likable picture seems destined to be an awards magnet: A holiday release with enough formal sophistication to appeal to cinephiles and enough old-fashioned showbiz bravado to win over a general audience.
-Dana StevensFull Review
A cheeky trifle whose present-day novelty of being, well, silent and black-and-white carries it a long way.
-William GossFull Review
"The Artist" should appeal to anyone willing to take a chance.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review
In a time when movies often are sonic assaults, and meaning can be lost amid the clatter of explosions, gunshots and screeching cars, The Artist has an utterly beguiling purity.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
"The Artist" is the wonder of the age, as much a miracle as "Avatar," though it comes at things from the totally opposite direction.
-Kenneth TuranFull Review
Literally the kind of movie they just don't make anymore...
-Lou LumenickFull Review
A project so idiosyncratic, so unlikely, so simultaneously innocent and sophisticated that it could only have been devised by the French.
-Andrew O'HehirFull Review
This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love.
-A.O. ScottFull Review