Mon Oncle
Mon Oncle (1958)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jacques Tati's most accessible film is a paean to gentle values and observing the small details of life.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

No less a masterpiece than its Gallic-tongued cousin.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Matt Pais
Metromix.com

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.

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Variety

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Shawn Levy
Oregonian

The film is breezy, musical and utterly charming.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Tati comments directly on the changes in French society, drawing up little sketches of people forcing themselves into dehumanizing, uncomfortable positions.

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Christian Blauvelt
Slant Magazine

Though still a triumph of art direction, Mon Oncle's fuzzy sentiment and one-joke critique of modernity seem even more simplistic in English.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A man moves to a new town and struggles with his upper class relatives' reliance on technology. The subject of this film's satire is obvious from the… More
Rubia Carolina
* the opening credits * the soundtrack (Mon Oncle/Adios Mario by Franck Barcellini) * France in those lovely old times * Chaplin + Keaton + le bon vivant =… More
Lucas Martins
Mon Oncle is not just a funny satire of the bourgeoisie, technology, falseness and the politically correct, but is also a sweet portrait of childhood and one of… More
Devon Bott
Filmmaker Jacques Tati sets his satirical sights on french upper/middle class suburban living in 1958's "Mon oncle". Mr and Mrs. Arpel and their… More
Matheus Carvalho
Assim como a imagem de Charles Chaplin ficou eternizada no consenso popular através de seu personagem Vagabundo, caracterizado pelo seu bigode, bengala e… More
El Hombre Invisible
If this film can be said to have a theme beyond the effort to amuse, it's the anxieties of an over-mechanized world for a man no longer fitting in with the… More