Play Time 1967

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: Bravo, M. Hulot! (And watch that umbrella!). Read more

Vincent Canby, New York Times: Jacques Tati's most brilliant film, a bracing reminder in this all-too-lazy era that films can occasionally achieve the status of art. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Richard Brody, New Yorker: Tati's despair is modulated by a sense of wonder. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Playtime is a peculiar, mysterious, magical film. Read more

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle: Tati's attempt to answer this question: In the midst of an increasingly impersonal world, how do we keep our humanity? Read more

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. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: 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. Read more

Elliott Stein, Village Voice: With Playtime's monumental decor and complex choreographed gags taking place simultaneously in a constantly mutating space, Tati explored the possibilities of 70mm as they had never been utilized before. Read more