Playtime (1973)

Hilarious, dazzlingly inventive comedy in which Mr. Hulot tries to function in an unrecognizable Paris of modernistic glass-and-steel skyscrapers.

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: June 27, 1973
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A remarkable achievement, Playtime's packs every scene with sight gags and characters that both celebrates and satirizes the urbanization of modern life.

Richard Brody
New Yorker

Tati's despair is modulated by a sense of wonder.

Full review…
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For this remarkable 1967 comedy about man and his modern world, Jacques Tati attempted nothing less than a complete reworking of the conventional notions of montage and, amazingly, he succeeded.

Full review…
Sean Axmaker

... an accumulation of minor touches, little dissonances, imaginative observations, and pieces of creative business: hundreds of details that erupt with lives of their own but fit together like a clockwork mechanism with a human heartbeat.

Full review…
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Jacques Tati's 1967 masterpiece still holds up as a feast of subtle sight gags, playful noise and, above all, visual wonders.

Full review…
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

My all-time favorite movie, this 1967 French comedy by actor-director Jacques Tati almost certainly has the most intricately designed mise en scene in all of cinema.

Full review…
Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Jacques Tati's Playtime is an astringent antidote to Paris movies that are as sickly as macaroons and stuffed with views of the Eiffel Tower by night.

Full review…
Variety Staff

Pic takes to the 70mm process with an extraordinary impressionistic outdoor set of a new Paris, and is an observant romp during a one-day stay of a group of tourists.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film.

Full review…
Ronald Bergan
Radio Times

It took Jacques Tati close to ten years to realise his greatest achievement, but it left him virtually broke. No wonder.

Full review…
More reviews for Playtime

Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
So I watched this on my laptop and not at the Ziegfield. Bad move. Still... I think I can pretty confidently say - I did not enjoy this very unique but… More
Ken Stachnik
Tati's epic "comedy" is truly a feast for the eyes. Full of delightful little moments and the occasional giggle, Playtime isn't so much a… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Not only one of the most famous French films of all time, but also a definitive example of a film challenging its viewers to look beyond plot and character to… More
Eric Broome
When is a black-and-white silent comedy neither black-and-white nor silent? Actor/director Jacques Tati's ultimate statement was "Play Time," an… More
Bruce Bruce
This Film is from the Criterion Collection and like most movies from that collection they can be somewhat strange and this one is. Its supposed to be a comedy… More
Ryan Marshall
9.2/10 Brilliant is the only word that can truly describe one of the only films I've ever seen to lack the ability to be labeled with a… More