Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 29, 2002
An over-your-head joke... absurd.
| Original Score: 3/5
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'.
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 28, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 10, 2002
All discussions of Marcel Carne's Children of Paradise begin with the miracle of its making.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 5, 2012
Poetry with a capital "P," sprinkled with fairy dust.
Cole Smithey
March 13, 2006
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
One of the most rewarding films I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A marvellously witty, ineffably graceful rondo of passions and perversities.
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Carne's backstage backdrop has clearly set the standard for most theater-bound films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2002
The story behind the making of Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) is about as interesting as the film itself, and since the film is one of the great achievements of French cinema, that's saying something.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
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
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie has flashes of oldtime magic. It's a precious piece of time past -- and time kept.
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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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 10, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| 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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2002
Carné's France, unlike the fiddle-dee-dee of Victor Fleming's cotton pickin' South, is a poetic realist's wonderland.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Girish Shambu
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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Matt Wolf
January 30, 2009
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