A Monster in Paris Reviews

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Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 23, 2012
The animation is charming, the musical numbers rather sweet, but the plot struggles for excitement, unexpected twists or comic moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 25, 2012
It's hard to fathom who this 3D combo of horror, musical and twinkly retro nostalgia is aimed at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
January 26, 2012
You'd think fun could be had with the idea of fleeing a flea, but gags are few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lucy Barrick
Radio Times
January 26, 2012
While the attempts at humour occasionally fall flat, there's plenty of excitement in the chase scenes and a refreshing lack of sentiment, and the movie is topped by bewitchingly memorable songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 3, 2012
From its curiously light opening to its emotive climax, the best thing about this animation is that it gets better and better as you grow into its own little world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
January 25, 2012
It is clever, quite funny and beautifully animated, with lovely Parisian scenes, though the 3D version is pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
August 19, 2012
A heady, intoxicating blend of the romantic majesty and rich culture of the City of Lights and the legacy provided by a century of great animation from both sides of the Atlantic courses through this beautiful film's DNA.
Dan Brightmore
Little White Lies
January 30, 2012
Above all it's just plain fun, and the songs are catchy, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2012
Lovely French animated period comedy offers a monster story with a charming difference... A flighty, enjoyable confection and very pretty to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 14, 2013
proves there is life beyond the Hollywood hit machine and the omnipresent House of Mouse
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
January 26, 2012
The manic story shoots off in so many directions it is a mess but Paris looks marvellous, the songs are pretty and the film has charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 26, 2013
French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Osmond
SFX Magazine
January 27, 2012
Solidly staged and charmingly quirky, but be prepared for a few longueurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
January 24, 2012
'A Monster in Paris' borrows some of its tics from silent cinema, but it also reaches out to films such as 'Frankenstein', 'Phantom of the Opera', 'The Fly' and 'King Kong' for inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 25, 2012
Youngsters will be enthralled by the adventures of the troublesome trio while mum and dad may find themselves singing along to a Matthieu Chedid's score, a rich pastiche which sweetly drives the narrative along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 25, 2012
Beautifully animated with impressive background work, likeable characters and a couple of catchy songs, this is an enjoyable and frequently charming family adventure that should appeal to both adults and children...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 23, 2012
3D fun for all the family with impressive visuals and some catchy tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 26, 2012
The film has something of Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and indeed King Kong, but has an eccentric style of its own: a decent children's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Liverpool Echo
January 27, 2012
There are some decent laughs and energetic set pieces despite a flimsy script.

This is London
January 27, 2012
Bibo Bergeron's charmingly animated but fiendishly plotted feature is up for an Oscar and just about deserves the compliment for originality, if not for its storyline.
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