The Painting
The Painting (2013)

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice

With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.

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Clayton Davis

Le Tableau feels like Toy Story if it had been directed by Terrence Malick in an Italian opera that was written by William Shakespeare. It's so profound and moving that your heart fills to the brim with adoration and marvel.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

Short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d'art.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.

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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Boyd van Hoeij

Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Painting may be too mature for younger kids...[and] may also be too simple for grown-ups. But for those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Figures leave the painting they live in and go searching for the Painter, trying to find out why he left the canvas they live in incomplete. If the story had… More
'The Painting'. A simple enough plot, thematically rich, and the most visually unique thing I've seen in years. I do question the final message… More
Robert Brogan
The Painting is not for kids, yet it does have a child-like earnestness that combines with the simple elegance of the animation to give the film a charming… More