Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) Reviews

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Eric Melin
November 9, 2012
The movie isn't necessarily realistic-it's about the theater after all-but its unusually cynical center keeps it from becoming so much sentimental mush, while delivering the heartbreak that audiences so crave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 20, 2012
It's almost flawlessly filmed, though it at times lacks warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 15, 2012
Thanks to this glorious new restoration, "We'll always have THIS Paris."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012
To luxuriate in the film's 3-hour, 10-minute length is to experience this masterpiece as it hasn't been experienced since the day it opened.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 17, 2012
Shot in 1943 during World War II, Children of Paradise overcame so many seemingly impossible obstacles that today the film seems enchanted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
March 8, 2012
If you give this movie time to work on you, the elements that seem overly artificial or impossibly distant from our own time fade into insignificance, and you're left with a complicated and wonderful romantic drama that's full of surprises.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Before French cinema reinvented itself with jump cuts and cool bobs, Marcel Carné's 19th-century backstage drama was the epitome of good taste: a sumptuous spread of genteel sparring and epic heartache.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Marcel Carné's towering intimate epic of early 19th-century love and the lives of performers, often heralded as the greatest French film of all time.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 5, 2012
Poetry with a capital "P," sprinkled with fairy dust.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 13, 2011
Among the peaks of romantic cinema.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 11, 2011
Even if the style is from another age, once seen it lives in the imagination for ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eithne Farry
Electric Sheep
November 10, 2011
Even Truffaut conceded in the end: 'I have made 23 films, well, I would swap them all for the chance to have made Les enfants du paradis'.
Tom Dawson
Total Film
November 8, 2011
The multi-layered screenplay, stunning sets and a terrific ensemble are just some of the enduring pleasures of a truly collaborative masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 2, 2011
The triumph here is the art-direction realization of 1840 Paris, where the grand monde mingled with the demimonde and the flat-out criminal.
Emanuel Levy
August 8, 2010
Marce Carne's masterpiece, made under impossible conditions during France's Occupation in WWII, is an exquisitely poetic film about the nature and forms of love and the relation between art and life.
Full Review | Original Score: A

July 28, 2008
An impassioned paean to the vital importance, and mutual reliance, of freedom and artistic creativity.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 9, 2008
It runs 187 minutes, and it's worth every one of them.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
December 22, 2006
What ultimately defines the film, though, what makes it unforgettable, is its tragic gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
March 13, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A marvellously witty, ineffably graceful rondo of passions and perversities.
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