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Amélie Reviews

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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A frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine

Meant to be postcard-perfect, it rings false.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: D+

November 1, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I like my films to be more intellectual and less like French pastry.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 2, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 5, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Initially disarming, this simpering dolly grows increasingly wearisome.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 30, 2001
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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

It's not every day that you see a film so enamored with its own quirkiness.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

December 27, 2001
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2001
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

'Amelie' is afflicted with the terminal cutes.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2001
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

Amelie's only major crime is how dull it can often be even while being so deliberately elaborate.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine

July 17, 2002
Keith Phipps
AV Club

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
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye

irritating and nauseatingly cute

January 11, 2002
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
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

October 12, 2001
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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It is overwritten and overdirected for the quaint, simple feelings it attempts to project.

November 1, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Features an aggressive, in-your-face romanticism that's noticeably lacking in genuine warmth.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 2, 2001
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 3, 2001
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

A sort of anthem for airheads.

November 9, 2001
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Despite the charms of its leading lady, I found Jeunet's approach to his material twee, distractingly exhibitionistic and over-calculated.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

December 15, 2003
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Jeunet hasn't lost his touch with fabulist imagery, but he employs it more selectively and effectively than ever before.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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