Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (1954)

Already familiar to many, especially following his acclaimed directorial debut Jour De Fete, Jacques Tati came into his own and reached new levels of popularity with 1953's Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot. The first film to introduce his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 16, 1954
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pleasant, lackadaisical, and very charming, Monsieur Hulot lays the groundwork for Jacques Tati's later, more accomplished films.

Jonathan F. Richards

Tati is heir to the great comics of the silent era, Chaplin and Keaton and Lloyd.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There are some real laughs in it, but Mr. Hulot's Holiday gives us something rarer, an amused affection for human nature -- so odd, so valuable, so particular.

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Stan Hall

A great introduction to the work of Tati, who made only a few movies but is rightly recognized as one of the great visionary directors.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] There is an innocent nostalgia and precious regard for all things whimsical and romantic in the films of Jacques Tati. There is also a certain je ne sais quoi that is innately French.

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Rob Gonsalves

By the end, Tati has evoked the place with such grace and lulling humor that we wouldn't mind staying there.

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David Fear
Time Out

Jacques Tati's bumbling stick-bug of an alter ego is considered by many to be the funniest creation to come out of Gallic cinema.

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The film has a gentle sense of whimsy, and its observations on life's little annoyances-like the distracting clunk of a set of swinging doors-are benign.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A genial plotless comedy based on silent-screen slapstick and pantomine routines.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Slapstick at it's finest. Never has comedy looked more beautiful than in the hands of the great Jaques Tati.
Stella Dallas
a charming series of sight gags and sound effects with no real plot
Devon Bott
Writer, director and actor Jacques Tati invites us to glimpse into his strange little world in "Mr. Hulot's Holiday", a film that paved the way… More
Tim Sigur
Listen, there are certain things in comedy I just don't get. Monty Python, Mimes, Roberto Begnini, and Meet the Spartans. This is another. I should have… More
Kevin M. Williams
a trip seaside's just the ticket, and this'll call for attention to detail on your part, you'll have to actually watch it (just like they did in… More
Ken Stachnik
France's funny and delightful answer to Charlie Chaplin.