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The Painting

(2011)
Not Rated In Theaters 05/10/2013 , 78min.
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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
Jean-Francois Laguionie’s consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages. Full Review
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. Full Review

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