Amélie Reviews

Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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?
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 9, 2014
It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 9, 2014
How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 9, 2014
Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2011
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.
Top Critic
Lisa Nesselson
Variety
July 6, 2010
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force, about a lass who makes sly incursions into the lives of her neighbors, is ambitious yet intimate.
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film is all the more interesting for remaining an eccentric one-of-a-kind that feels every bit the product of its writer-director's unique sensibility and worldview.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Jeunet lets the pacing lag a bit in spots, but Amelie's spirit never wanes. Even when her good deeds have negative results, her heart is in the right place. The same can be said for this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
Treacle this elaborately inventive deserves some kind of blue ribbon.
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 16, 2001
Tautou is gloriously alive in the title role.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 15, 2001
A blast of pure movie bliss, a hilarious, imaginative and exhilarating love letter to the romantic in all of us.
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 9, 2001
The sunniest face and the greatest acclaim belong to Audrey Tautou, who is new to these shores. A delight in the title role, she's like a young Audrey Hepburn, making us laugh and feel empathy without feeling manipulated.
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2001
There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
Top Critic
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 9, 2001
A delectable French confection... sure to please America's sweet tooth.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2001
I love watching movies that sweep me into a magical, happier place, and leave me with an all's-right -with- the-world contentment. Amelie did just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 9, 2001
A movie whose embrace of cinema is so passionate it could be mistaken for an embrace of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 9, 2001
So terrific it might single-handedly rescue the 'feel-good movie' from the garbage heap of overused and discredited phrases.
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2001
A feel-good flick with artsy ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 9, 2001
The more you know of the French way of, say, roasting a chicken or organizing a handbag, the funnier and more delightful you will find this film.
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 9, 2001
Do not be surprised to see Amelie pull a Crouching Tiger and be nominated as both best foreign film and best film.
Top Critic
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 9, 2001
One leaves the theater thinking, as so many Americans of past generations have, 'Ah, there's always Paris.' And there will always be Amelie, too.
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 9, 2001
A delicious pastry of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 9, 2001
Delightful and original, the film conjures up a corner of Paris distinct and specific, yet fairy-tale fanciful.
Top Critic
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 9, 2001
Its whimsical, free-ranging nature is often enchanting; the first hour, in particular, is brimming with amiable, sardonic laughs. But there comes a point where you feel like Jeunet is forcing whimsy down your throat with a plunger.
Top Critic
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 8, 2001
Goes straight past cute and heads directly for sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 8, 2001
There's real magic in this movie -- and enough energy to power a whole city on a dark and gloomy night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 8, 2001
Tautou provides Amélie with its beating heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 8, 2001
See it with eyes opened wide and your heart on your sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
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.
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 2, 2001
Irresistibly endearing, with a visual verve all its own.
Top Critic
Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 2, 2001
The first half of this insistently goofy romantic comedy buzzes with the marauding ingenuity of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, but it overstays its welcome.
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2001
Fairly irresistible if you can keep your cynicism in check for a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2001
Features an aggressive, in-your-face romanticism that's noticeably lacking in genuine warmth.
Top Critic
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
November 2, 2001
There is no denying that Amélie is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous.
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 1, 2001
It is overwritten and overdirected for the quaint, simple feelings it attempts to project.
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2001
While Amélie the plucky girl beguiles, Amélie the charming movie, already an international success, seduces.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 30, 2001
Initially disarming, this simpering dolly grows increasingly wearisome.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2001
It's the kind of motion picture that's both intelligent and immensely likable -- just like the main character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4