Amélie Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 8, 2015
There really aren't all that many movies made at this level of achievement whose subject matter and tone both support the idea that the world and the people in it are basically good.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Barbara Ellen
Times [UK]
December 2, 2014
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie is one of those once-in-a-decade comedies which scatters its charm like pearls from a broken necklace, all the more adorable because they are not real.
Philip Kerr
New Statesman
October 21, 2014
It's all very charming, often amusing, and there is hardly a dull moment.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 9, 2014
It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2014
It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare.
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Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
April 9, 2014
Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 9, 2014
It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 9, 2014
How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
April 9, 2014
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.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
April 9, 2014
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 9, 2014
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.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 9, 2014
This is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
April 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 9, 2014
Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
April 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 9, 2014
Like the leading character, Amelie is still an absolute delight.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 16, 2013
The sort of magical work that reminds us how truly fine movies at their best can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew Pulver
October 13, 2011
What comes across most powerfully is Jeunet's athletic, playful directing style, a tour de force of tricks, gags and effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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