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Amélie Reviews

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

April 9, 2014
Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
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Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 9, 2014
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

April 9, 2014
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 9, 2014
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

April 9, 2014
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

April 9, 2014
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

April 9, 2014
David Parkinson
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

April 9, 2014

Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

April 9, 2014
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 9, 2014
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 5/5

April 9, 2014
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

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?

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2014

Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4

April 9, 2014
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

June 16, 2013
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 4, 2012
Andrew Pulver
Guardian

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

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

October 13, 2011
Gregory Weinkauf
ÜberCiné

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

July 25, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

June 25, 2011
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

February 13, 2011
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