• Released
  • November 22, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR
  • Animated
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
This is a film to see and then see again, to soak in and marvel at and -- like its director -- try to keep up with.
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By Eric Kohn
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? bears the stamp of Gondry quirk but allows it to feel a lot more intimate than anything he's done since "Eternal Sunshine."
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The Playlist

By Charlie Schmidlin
To his credit (and without affectation), Gondry doesn’t cloak the fact that he is often perplexed by his subject. Because of his confusion though, we are able to learn quite a lot.
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Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
I don't know whether the tall man is happy, but I do know that Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? is intellectually and visually groundbreaking, and most certainly a film.
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Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
A magnificently quizzical diagram of two ceaselessly inquiring minds in perfect tandem, like a raw X-ray of atomized creativity.
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Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The point, of course, is to get lost. As the soft-spoken sage himself notes, “The world is a very puzzling place.” What a pleasure it is, the film suggests, to be perpetually befuddled.
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By Ronnie Scheib
Gondry and his frisky hieroglyphs successfully convey Chomsky’s concept of language as the fleeting “meanings we impose on fragmentary experience.”
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Gondry’s illustrations are as fascinating as the chats. Sometimes they look like markers on a napkin. Other times they are reminiscent of something made on the old Lite-Brite toy. They’re always delightful.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
A diverting tutorial with this takeaway: “Let’s be puzzled about what seems obvious.”
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The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Blissfully unconventional as a documentary and as an intellectual endeavor, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? won’t tell you everything you’ve always wanted to know about Mr. Chomsky, but its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry’s entrancing, vibrant illustrations.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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