Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Reviews

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 12, 2007
There's a reason American animated filmmakers don't use the great Robert De Niro, Jason Bateman and Madonna to voice their cartoons. These big names add nothing to this frustrating goulash of fairy tales and fantasy-film ingredients.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 11, 2007
The underground adventures are an unfortunate mixture of po-mo snark and potty humor (some just plain pot humor as well).
| Original Score: C
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 12, 2007
Audiences should ignore this one until Arthur becomes invisible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 28, 2006
Besson drags things out considerably for his young audience at 122 minutes. The CG work is clever but cannot measure up to Pixar's standards in cleverness or imagination. Nothing is fresh here.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 5, 2007
Strange and kind of meandering.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 11, 2007
The adventure turns out to be a drag. When Arthur goes on a ruby hunt, the movie shifts to animation, and he meets the Minimoys, fairy creatures who look like those troll dolls that become inexplicably popular every 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
January 11, 2007
The film touts its 'dazzling' hybrid of live action and 'groundbreaking' CGI, but the visuals can't compare to Happy Feet or any Pixar release.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 13, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
January 14, 2007
Highmore has been given a free pass from Besson to act his little heart out, and this gifted kid has decided to use the Dakota Fanning 3000 method of predictable, robotic child acting. It's disappointing to witness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 12, 2007
This kids' cartoon from France is such a surreally demented attempt to connect with children that it's the equivalent of foie gras breakfast cereal or a bleu cheese milkshake.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
January 16, 2007
Five pounds of poo in a one pound bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 8, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2006
Director Luc Besson admits he knew nothing about animation before he started this project, and it shows.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 25, 2007
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 12, 2007
I know this is supposed to be a children's fantasy and that the color of the Miminoys' skin should be less remarkable than their microscopic stature, but the message seems to be that an African tribe can't be cute unless it is also white.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
December 29, 2006
The routine story and lack of real warmth make this a movie to endure with one's children, not to share with them.
| Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
January 11, 2007
Starts off as an innocent, wholesome family adventure, but, when it becomes animated, Arthur is on the path to throwing back drinks in da club with Snoop Dogg and his posse.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
January 12, 2007
There are too many things out of whack here, and too many unanswered questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Sydney Morning Herald
January 12, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 13, 2007

Irish Times
February 2, 2007
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