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Mon oncle

1958
Comedy
1h 56m
Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings. (imdb)
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Mon oncle

1958
Comedy
1h 56m
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Rated 06 Jan 2007
85
73rd
This is basically a rural Modern Times, which is entirely a good thing. The film is rarely hilarious, but it's consistently amusing from beginning to end. Some sequences go on for a bit too long, perhaps, but on the whole it's very well paced. Furthermore, the traditional values/modern inventions dichotomy is never shoved in your face, and you never feel like Tati is trying to prove a point. Good stuff all around.
Rated 05 Sep 2009
85
81st
If Mr. Hulot's Holiday didn't cement Tati as one of the great comedic directors of all time (and Hulot as one of the great comedic characters of all time), then Mon Oncle surely did. Here again, we see the mild mannered, happy-go-lucky Hulot in and out of trouble despite never looking for it. All I think he wants to do is live his life; it's a shame the world has to keep interfering.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
50
7th
I'm sorry, but this is just boring to me. I recognize the beauty of the composition, the social and technological commentary I even get the jokes. I was constantly thinking, "hey that's a good idea for a joke" or "that's quite funny," but I didn't actually laugh at any of it. Same with everything else, the images were pretty, but they had no sort of captivating effect, and the commentary just felt worthless.
Rated 17 Jan 2007
87
89th
Delivers some wonderful gags that utilize the asburdity of modernity. Shades of À Nous la Liberté (and Modern Times) but Tati's spin on it is fresh and amusing. On the downside, a few scenes are draggy.
Rated 09 Nov 2016
49
46th
About as funny as me trying to use a smartphone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
One of the most beautiful films ever filmed, very funny and touching. An ode to youthful wonder and detachment and a biting look at the resentment by the old culture towards the smugness and new technologies of those that consider themselves the "advanced" scoiety. One of my favorite films.
Rated 21 Dec 2014
9
90th
Tati's signature mixture of gentle slapstick, visual gags and subtle critique is unequivocally present, albeit fine-tuned to near ergonomic perfection. And judging by his later work (in particular Playtime), the silent filmmaker proved to be a master of build-up; Like a magician warming up with a few card tricks before ending with the pièce de résistance.
Rated 18 May 2020
80
77th
I too have walked headlong into a lamp post after being flummoxed by an errant whistle
Rated 07 Aug 2008
70
75th
Thematically reminiscent of Chaplin's Modern Times, Mon Oncle has a meticulous visual aesthetic and features adorable dogs and several really funny or sometimes just spectacularly offbeat scenes. However, it should have been edited down by at least one third; the first half especially suffers from too much dead time and repetitiousness. The tedium factor cripples it severely. At least it retains an elegant, atmospheric flow throughout.
Rated 30 May 2019
71
61st
Mon Oncle is like sitting at a sidewalk cafe, sipping a beer on a breezy day, watching the people, drama, and comedies of the streetlife, with that light breeze every now and again bringing to your ears from the next table over the words of an old man who really hates how much we're on our phones these days
Rated 01 Feb 2012
3
45th
M. Hulot navigates an impractical geography of modern architecture and middle class consumerism, with visual flair recalling silent slapstick in the vein of Modern Times. Compared to Holiday, this is more in line with what I expected from Tati: social commentary wrapped in hard-edged compositions and wacky choreography.
Rated 28 Aug 2009
98
99th
Do movies get any better this? Rarely.
Rated 05 Sep 2011
83
88th
Cute, funny, and has some quite subtle themes running throughout. The pacing is a bit uneven at times, but once the largest comedic elements are in place it's a great ride to the finish.
Rated 30 Oct 2013
70
44th
Charming, and the stuff in the house is funny (and the house itself is both a fantastic and monstrous piece of set design). When it moves out of the house to other locales (the village, the factory) I tended to find it less amusing.
Rated 29 Jul 2012
15
16th
I can appreciate most of the things Tati was going for in this film, but found it hard to enjoy. There were funny scenes here and there (mostly those in the house), but on the whole the humor left me cold.
Rated 03 Aug 2013
85
49th
laughs galore. I seen it without subtitles and no real working knowledge of French. still, I don't think it matters all that much, lots of sight gags, very fun to watch.
Rated 02 Aug 2013
70
44th
Some nice, clever touches and several individual scenes are really quite funny. The dinner party especially, and mostly everything to do with the "modern" house. The commentary on status and technology isn't new, but it's handled well and humourously. Too many scenes are bland with little punch, though. Not nearly as tight as Holiday.
Rated 12 Jun 2013
89
82nd
Hard to believe this is nearly 60 years old. The gags and amazing visuals are as fresh as they were when it premiered. While slightly not as great (in quality or scale) as Playtime, I think the relative simplicity works in the film's favor, and might be your best option if you want to get into Tati.
Rated 12 May 2013
65
20th
A delightfully quirky film. The set design is marvelous as well as the score. The problem with this film is that its not funny. Tati is wonderful but scenes without him are totally lacking. Plus its overly long with lots of filler.
Rated 15 Mar 2013
75
52nd
Lots of fun
Rated 08 Aug 2012
20
7th
PV
Rated 01 Aug 2012
77
86th
Best of all Tati's film imo. Even though I'm sure I ought to re-watch 'Playtime' soon.
Rated 12 Mar 2022
86
90th
01.17 Hobbit
Rated 23 Feb 2014
85
92nd
Pretty awesome. I don't even usually like old comedies but MON ONCLE has still current social critique and manages to be funny at the same time.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
45
9th
Α rehashing of "Modern Times" (only less funny, less radical) -with its 'poor-people-are-better-than-the-rich'/anti-technology moral (the bourgeoisie obviously being the target, but getting away with only a mild slap on the scruff), its own Tramp-like hero, its childishness and of course, la silence. The difference is that Tati throws the oncle in his own odd universe, crafted in cute detail. The sets are about the only striking film in a film that flows amusingly, harmlessly, forgettably.
Rated 19 Aug 2015
80
84th
A big breath of fresh air for me, after a streak of terrible and so-so movies. Some setpieces are so exceptionally great that you can't help but smile, and - more importantly - they give you a genuine sense of joy. I love Tati's shameless optimism in general, and I love how he combines it with sharp satire in this movie specifically. A charming interim step before the all-encompassing Playtime.
Rated 11 Jul 2016
84
75th
Tati's usual subtle cleverness is on display here as well, though with less warmth from Hulot than we find in, say, Holiday. As a whole, this film feels a fair bit more didactic than Holiday, which drops it a bit in my estimation. However, there are numerous delightful moments, and I'll enjoy this many times in the future.
Rated 20 Jan 2024
97
89th
Playtime is the perfected version, but Mon oncle is a masterpiece on its own.
Rated 18 Dec 2023
44
21st
So uneven. Parts of it are whimsical and amusing, but most parts are tedious and boring.
Rated 04 Dec 2016
70
46th
Mon Ulcer
Rated 28 May 2023
82
62nd
Very much in the Playtime vein, criticising a certain type of bourgeois thinker obsessed with status, materialism, and conformity. Still super funny with some amazing sets and perfect framing, but drags even more than Playtime and is more content with being repetitive and doing the same bit over and over.
Rated 01 Aug 2020
79
80th
super fun, it's now my goal in life to do the car bump prank at least once. The subtle social critique is today more bittersweet than anything: this kind of approach used to be effective in audiences---but to what good in the end?
Rated 09 Jan 2022
60
22nd
Poetically annoying.
Rated 12 Jul 2022
69
36th
Like Tati's other Hulot works, I found myself wanting to like it more than I did, but I enjoyed this one more than I enjoyed either Mr. Hulot's Holiday or PlayTime. Similar themes to PlayTime with unnecessarily complicated technology and modern architecture being key themes. There were more laugh out loud funny moments in this one than in those as well, and I found the narrative, such that it is, a bit more pleasing, and the supporting characters better drawn. Pretty fun.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
82
64th
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Rated 26 Mar 2007
0
8th
Jacques Tati does nothing for me, sorry
Rated 27 Jun 2007
90
95th
I love this film, and I suspect I'm related to the gadget obsessed, apppearance keeping up sister
Rated 04 Aug 2007
90
86th
Good-natured and sweet even when it is critical of modernity. Tati deepens his Mr. Hulot character in many wonderful ways; and what a charming ending . . .
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Meu Tio estreava há 65 anos em Portugal. Esse é meu Tati favorito desde que o vi pela primeira vez num festival da Rede Vida nos anos 90 (até redes religiosas tinham uma boa programação filmica nos anos 90), nem sei o que é melhor aqui, se Hulot, o menino, o cachorro ou toda a verve da ostentação capitalista. Andei lendo que alguns críticos franceses da época o chamaram de reacionário por satirizar o "progresso", mas é justamente o contrário, ele expõe o ridículo de ser movido pelo status quo. O
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
63rd
Many, many years since I saw this (as a child, I think), but my recollection is that it is more palatable than the other Tati films I have seen.
Rated 28 Aug 2007
84
65th
I wouldn't say it's as brilliant as M. Hulot's Holiday, but it is clever and highly enjoyable as a satire. Tati is a master of the sight gag.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
82
71st
# 363
Rated 14 Apr 2008
80
54th
The favourite of my grandfather ! he always sang the song
Rated 19 Dec 2008
83
66th
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Rated 29 Aug 2009
85
79th
I need to re-watch this some time to be able to provide commentary on it, but I certainly have a soft spot for this movie and its sequel, Play Time.
Rated 18 Oct 2009
90
91st
Fantastic stuff here. Wonderful and biting satire, great visual gags, a completely memorable and iconic comedic character in Mr. Hulot (though I liked the Street sweeper a lot too), inspired usage of colour and lighting. The audio is also great, simple and somewhat dinky music being used to great effect. A classic.
Rated 18 Oct 2009
85
85th
This gets me in all the right ways. The parents, a scathing satire of the work-a-day, gender-specific, material world; the uncle, a Kramer-like rogue who clearly would rather fit into his own world than that of others; and the son/nephew caught in the middle, living one life but clearly yearning for the other. Tati here masters the art of speaking without words; the music and the architecture (and the fact that music does not exist in the world of the Arpels) speak volumes. Comedic brilliance.
Rated 20 Jul 2012
90
80th
Definitely a huge improvement from Mr. Hulot's Holiday. I think it's a lot funnier. The visuals are just superb - the use of color is great. Plus, Tati's comment on the modern movement is fascinating. (two times)
Rated 12 Mar 2010
85
84th
M. Hulot always reminded me of one of those Franco-Belgian comics. I like the style of the film and how satire is transported and defending a small life in villages against the modern world of the city.
Rated 14 Mar 2010
80
81st
You notice the flaws after a re-watch, however it does not take away the charm.
Rated 21 Jan 2011
100
96th
watched: 2011, 2015, 2020
Rated 19 Feb 2011
1
0th
I suppose it's charming, and some jokes are pretty funny (the factory scene was pretty funny) but most of the time I found myself going "this is funny I guess", but I didn't laugh. I'm sure some people will love this, but it's overly long and there were only a few sequences that were consistently funny. Most of it was filler. Score is not a grade.
Rated 24 Aug 2011
92
96th
Absolutely hilarious, love those subtle jokes. The sounds that he uses are terrific
Rated 29 Sep 2011
30
2nd
I can't stand it.
Rated 20 Oct 2011
30
78th
"Though still a triumph of art direction, Mon Oncle's fuzzy sentiment and one-joke critique of modernity seem even more simplistic in English." - Christian Blauvelt
Rated 30 Nov 2011
81
62nd
#383
Rated 23 Jan 2012
8
80th
A great visual comedy similar in style to MODERN TIMES and SLEEPER.
Rated 26 Feb 2012
100
98th
As glorious as Playtime, but on a much quieter, quotidian scale. There are gags here the likes of which I have never seen before, organic, methodical, graceful, and most of all, thoughtful. Tati was truly a film giant.
Rated 13 Apr 2012
75
63rd
As conservative as Tati might have been or seemed politically, there is no denying his ingenuity when it comes to physical comedy.

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