• Released
  • May 10, 2013
  • (Limited; 5/24 NY)
  • NR , 1 hr 16 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Animated
The Painting Synopsis
The inhabitants of a piece of art live in a strict social order based on their completeness.
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Critic Ratings

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Variety

By Boyd van Hoeij
Jean-Francois Laguionie’s consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.
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90

Village Voice

By Pete Vonder Haar
With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, The Painting is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated...
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s a fanciful conceit and a well-animated parable about prejudice, standards of beauty and the shifting sands of the painters’ art.
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70

The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
For those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
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70

The New York Times

By Anita Gates
This is a sweet adventure story for children. (Surely, American parents can deal with the bare breasts of one talking painting.) For adults...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as...
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50

Slant Magazine

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Its aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Amy Nicholson
Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels...But while the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough...
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Lovely, Clever & Brief

By edhansen
NO SPOILERS HERE. Clearly crafted with love, and I loved it. This jewel will lose lots on TV, so see/support it at the cineplex!...

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Rated NR | For some violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.
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