Amélie Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
A frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
November 1, 2001
Meant to be postcard-perfect, it rings false.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 2, 2002
I like my films to be more intellectual and less like French pastry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
March 5, 2002
The world of Amelie has no politics. It has no issues. It only has an exaggerated sense of quirkiness and a pea-green tint that suggests an overblown sense of nostalgia for childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 30, 2001
Initially disarming, this simpering dolly grows increasingly wearisome.
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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?
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 27, 2001
It's not every day that you see a film so enamored with its own quirkiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2001
Fresh from the Jeunet quirk factory comes Amélie, a self-indulgent Montmartre-set fairy tale that's the cinematic equivalent of a dribbling lump of caramel taffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 3, 2001
'Amelie' is afflicted with the terminal cutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
July 17, 2002
Amelie's only major crime is how dull it can often be even while being so deliberately elaborate.
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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.
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
January 11, 2002
irritating and nauseatingly cute
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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?
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 12, 2001
Jeunet's lavish, hyperactive, romantic whimsy is now the gooiest dish on the cinema menu. You will need a very sweet tooth to take it. In fact, you may need a tooth of pure sucrose, not to mention gums of marzipan and a jawbone of sherbet.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 1, 2001
It is overwritten and overdirected for the quaint, simple feelings it attempts to project.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2001
Features an aggressive, in-your-face romanticism that's noticeably lacking in genuine warmth.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 3, 2001
It's hard to be charmed, hard to think of a movie as a delightful trifle, when you're so conscious of how hard the filmmakers are working to make it charming.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 9, 2001
A sort of anthem for airheads.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Despite the charms of its leading lady, I found Jeunet's approach to his material twee, distractingly exhibitionistic and over-calculated.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 9, 2014
Jeunet hasn't lost his touch with fabulist imagery, but he employs it more selectively and effectively than ever before.
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