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Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky

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Michel Gondry

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About the Movie

From Michel Gondry, the innovative director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, comes this unique animated documentary on the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Through complex, lively conversations with Chomsky and brilliant illustrations by Gondry himself, the film reveals the life and work of the father of modern linguistics while also exploring his theories on the emergence of language. The result is not only a dazzling, vital portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times, but also a beautifully animated work of art.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Its modesty is one of its strengths, along with Mr. Gondry's entrancing, vibrant illustrations. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: Michel Gondry doodles while Noam Chomsky philosophizes in an inspired meeting of idiosyncratic minds. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: When Gondry says he had to do this film with Chomsky, you believe him. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Nov 21, 2013

Fresh: An almost entirely hand-drawn, animated film that was clearly a labor of love for the director and has enough charm to reach a wider audience than his other recent docs. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful and uplifting

This is lovely, profound work -- done with great sensitivity. It's bursting with life and curiosity. Worth watching many times.


Gondry + Chomsky = Magic

Is the Man Who Is Intelligent Worth Listening To?

Superficial, disorganized discussion. No focus, just a scattershot of what would be the first 5 minutes of a university lecture on topics such as language, identity, epistemology, etc. Ask anyone who has given this a positive review to expound upon anything in here and I'm sure you will receive lots of stuttering faltering non-words: 1) Because it's elevated, but 2) Because explanations and investigations are so paltry as to provide unthinking lemmings with very little to regurgitate. Also, a majority of the animation is rather poor and does little to articulate beyond what is achieved already by words alone. I only give it two stars because a few questions Chomsky raised initiated me to pause the movie and ponder for a few minutes.