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Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 71

Arthur wastes its big-name voice talent on a predictable script and substandard CG animation.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 26

Arthur wastes its big-name voice talent on a predictable script and substandard CG animation.



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On the heels of his first foray into romantic comedy, versatile French filmmaker Luc Besson breaks new ground yet again with this computer-animated, family-friendly adaptation of his own children's book Arthur and the Minimoys. Arthur is a wide-eyed ten-year-old whose vivid imagination is fueled by the colorful bedtime stories his grandmother reads to him each night. His dreams are filled with images of African tribes and the remarkable inventions detailed in the enigmatic book that his


Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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May 15, 2007


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (71) | DVD (15)

Strange and kind of meandering.

February 5, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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A lazy fairy-tale pastiche reveling in mite-size cherubs, which cribs from gnomic mythology, elvish lore, Harry Potter, Arthurian legend and can't-pay-the-rent melodrama.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Luc Besson's half-baked live-action/animated fantasy looks like it was invented on the hoof: it's erratically plotted, poorly animated, overly derivative and too insufferably cute to interest anyone above undemanding toddler age.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Luc Besson has made a fair share of artfully bad movies. Arthur and the Invisibles -- half-live-action, half-CG kid's adventure -- is (by a hair) more bad-bad, like The Fifth Element, than good-bad, like The Big Blue.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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While technically polished and adequately executed Arthur, like most of Besson's movies, is a strangely soulless experience.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A candy-colored fusion of Dahl, Dr. Seuss and the director's own mischeviousness

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Is it time for director Luc Besson to become invisible too?

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

In a clear-cut case of arrested development, the film that crowns Luc Besson's career is a magical phantasmagoria for the kids, and a derivative mess for their parents.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

Uma fábula divertida e inocente que conta com uma eficiente animação digital e traz Besson em um bom momento, o que é algo cada vez mais raro.

April 13, 2007
Cinema em Cena

In a year when a lot of big-screen animation felt like it came rolling off the video game assembly line, a little originality goes a long way.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Things unfold in rote fashion, with nature-based gadgetry no more clever than those of The Flintstones.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Minimoys are teeny-weeny kind folk with a keen fashion sense and a wicked-cool lair. They're just like what the Borrowers would have been like if they had lived in the field behind the Urban Outfitters production factory.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

Here is an overproduced, oversugared semi-animated children's fantasy adventure from Luc Besson that made me want to cringe into my plush seat, never to re-emerge.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Brightly coloured fantasy adventure with a decent premise, but the animated sections don't really work, despite the efforts of a talented cast.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

I'm not sure what creeped me out most in Luc Besson's "Arthur and the Invisibles," the awful animation or Madonna lending her voice to a "child" princess.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

Besson's labour of love is a feast for the eyes but leaves the imagination distinctly undernourished.

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Looks like European animation is still light years behind the US and Japan. Thank goodness for Highmore and Farrow - if only the whole film had been live-action.

January 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The story is just incoherent, and the faster it moves, the more frantic it seems.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

With its Day-Glo colors and fast pace, this $80 million live action/animated film may be the first acid trip for kids.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Whatever its flaws, Arthur and the Invisibles has a handmade, personal feel that finally affords it a cockeyed endearing quality.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Five pounds of poo in a one pound bag.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)

they take the animation very seriously with this film and the end result is a pretty entertaining film thats not saying it was good but it had enough cheese factor to keep me watching
December 28, 2010
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Michael Edwards

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The movie seemed a little bit rushed to me. It's basically a good one for the kids. And the character "Maltazard" reminded me of "Voldemort" from Harry Potter. It's watchable. I like Freddie Highmore's accent. He always seems decent and into this sorta movies. Cute kid.
December 22, 2010
Dead Angel

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I thought that it was inventive and from going to animation from real life was a real cool treat! It seemed like it was going back and forth into two different movies theatres but seeing the same conecpt in animated form, which was a really cool effect!
February 5, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Nice kids film this! Although most of the story is pinched from lots of other fairytales and legends and the actors voices don't quite match the characters, its a nicely made film. I cant help but wish Mr Besson would start making adult movies instead though (Not those kind of adult movies!)
September 14, 2009

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