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

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

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

Too Bad Gondry Never ...

Enjoyable, enlightening, but disappointing in that Gondry allows the piece to end (to quote T.S. Eliot) not with a bang, but a whimper.