Mon Oncle
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Five years after his first appearance, Jacques Tati's M. Hulot returns with Mon Oncle, a film set along the dividing line between Paris' past and its future. Aligned (as is the film) with the former, Hulot lives in a colorful, overpopulated Parisian neighborhood and, lacking employment, spends his days waiting to pick up his adoring nephew from school, and subsequently escorting him to his parents' ultra-modern house. Filled with gadgets, some turned on only to impress the neighbors, the house seems designed specifically to frustrate Hulot, who unwittingly disrupts its operations… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No less a masterpiece than its Gallic-tongued cousin."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Jacques Tati is the great philosophical tinkerer of comedy, taking meticulous care to arrange his films so that they unfold in a series of revelations and effortless delights."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film is breezy, musical and utterly charming."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"This inventive comedy, a satire of the tedious bourgeois life, deservedly won the 1958 Best Foreign-Language Oscar. A nice companion piece to Chaplin's 1936 Modern Times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"On target in proclaiming points for the individual over the robotic antiseptic world."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Satire is not barbed or vicious and everybody can laugh at it and themselves. There's expert blocking out of the characters, creative use of sound, and eschewing of all useless dialog."
‑ , Variety
"Facing it squarely, My Uncle is perceptibly contrived when it lingers too long and gets too deeply into the dullness of things mechanical. After you've pushed one button and one modernistic face, you've pushed them all."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Though still a triumph of art direction, Mon Oncle's fuzzy sentiment and one-joke critique of modernity seem even more simplistic in English."
‑ Christian Blauvelt, Slant Magazine
"Ο παραμορφωτικός φακός του Tati δημιουργεί ένα διαχ`"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The viewer's reward lies in the film's sprinkles of comic genius."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This very-French-yet-English-language comedy is not only slow, but its stabs at satire are milder than a quarter bouncing off Mount Rushmore."
‑ Matt Pais,
"This great film won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, but Tati's next, Playtime, goes even further."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Funny, inventive, and funny! Did I include inventive?"
‑ Steve Crum,
"The satire isn't particularly subtle, but it's often on target -- and some of it is very funny."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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