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Based on 9 Reviews
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  • 50
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as lifeless as their parents do. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, The Painting is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    It’s a fanciful conceit and a well-animated parable about prejudice, standards of beauty and the shifting sands of the painters’ art. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Its aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting. show more

  • 70
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    For those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting. show more

  • 90
    Pete Vonder Haar Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 90
    Boyd van Hoeij Variety

    Jean-Francois Laguionie’s consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages. show more

  • 70
    Anita Gates The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Amy Nicholson Los Angeles Times

    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. show more

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