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Amélie (2001)

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88

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 172
Fresh: 152 | Rotten: 20

The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.

83

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 7

The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.

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One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak

Jul 16, 2002

$33.2M

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All Critics (173) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (20) | DVD (42)

It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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The result is hip nostalgia, a postmodern fairy tale in which faith is replaced by predestination or simple luck, and the universe proves, against all odds, to be a place of kindness and abiding love.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Tautou is a remarkable young actress. Her wide-eyed, gamine look, reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn or Leslie Caron, gives Amelie an innocence and vulnerability that is so essential to make the story work.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Not only is it a fawning love letter to the City of Light where it was shot, but the film is based on the comforting premise that the big city is just a small town when folks get to know each other.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Amelie contains enough material for a dozen or so charming shorts, but stretched to feature length, the whimsy grows wearisome, and the film delights far less than it seems to desire.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

This is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The rarest of cinematic rarities -- a schmaltz-free feelgooder which doesn't just make you feel good, but reminds you that true love can exist and that beauty can be found in even the most seemingly mundane of places.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Jeunet superbly uses the film's comedic aspects to illuminate the characters, and his occasional flights of fancy only enhance Amélie's magical aura.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

For such a whimsical film to work, there needs to be something substantial at its center, some grounded character or central conflict. All Amelie has is the lightest, most insubstantial of souffles. And who can stomach an entire meal of that?

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Like the leading character, Amelie is still an absolute delight.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The sort of magical work that reminds us how truly fine movies at their best can be.

June 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It is a rare thing to have an illuminating experience whilst watching a film, but that is exactly what is encountered with Amelie.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

What comes across most powerfully is Jeunet's athletic, playful directing style, a tour de force of tricks, gags and effects.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A magnificent movie -- made a masterpiece by Audrey Tautou.

July 25, 2011
ÜberCiné

Sometimes it's enough to attend the cinema to escape to another world

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Amélie

time to see again
July 7, 2007
brooklynspo

Super Reviewer

Oozing charm and creativity, "Amélie" is a beautiful pastry of a movie. Sweet and bursting with color, it's delicious indeed but after a few bites you expect more. The film is so proud of its charming cleverness that it gets in the way of the story which takes a back seat to the quirky characters and unusual personalities.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet has inspired many cinematographers and art directors with his work and "Amélie" remains his grand achievement. With so much work given in creating such an interesting French world, it's too bad the central story is shrug-worthy.
August 17, 2013
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Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

A Parisian girl devotes herself to secretly helping those around her, but is it only because she's afraid to go after love herself? This crowd-pleasing comedy/romance with talking photographs and other magical elements is whimsical almost to the point of being flighty. Enjoyable for sure, but I wouldn't have minded seeing a few cannibals pop up.
March 19, 2013
366weirdmovies
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Delightful and quirky before delightful and quirky became "in." Beautiful score by Yann Tiersen. I'm not terribly sold on Amelie's painful shyness though.
December 24, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

    1. Old Man Collignon: She has a memory of an elephant!
    – Submitted by Jake H (9 months ago)
    1. Amélie: Look harder.
    – Submitted by Jake H (9 months ago)
    1. Dominique Bredoteau Woman: Don't you drink?
    2. Amélie: No, I'm working
    – Submitted by Jake H (10 months ago)
    1. Amélie: Without you, today's emotions would be the scurf of yesterday's.
    – Submitted by Anna C (16 months ago)
    1. Amélie: It's better to help people than a garden gnome.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
    1. Café Patron: I had my nasal cavities fixed.
    2. The Bar Owner: You're a born romantic.
    – Submitted by Frances H (17 months ago)
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