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Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 133
Fresh: 98 | Rotten: 35

It might be a little too whimsical for its own good, but Micmacs delivers more of the inventive silliness that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is known for.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 11

It might be a little too whimsical for its own good, but Micmacs delivers more of the inventive silliness that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is known for.

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An underground lair serves as the point of inspiration for this deeply whimsical fantasy comedy (with echoes of Jodorowsky's Rainbow Thief) from French cause célèbre Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie, The City of Lost Children). The locale is post-9/11 Europe. As arms dealers go head to head with one another in a series of violent skirmishes -- suggesting that an apocalyptic cataclysm may be lingering on the horizon -- the unfortunate Bazil (Dany Boon) still reels from the long-ago death of his father

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Art House & International, Comedy

Dec 14, 2010

$1.3M

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Minor, almost trite, but still worth treasuring if you're not put off by "precious."

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Jeunet remains one of the world's most imaginative directors. But Micmacs is a misfire.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While the parts are quite good, the sum is pretty pedestrian.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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I suspect this is what the world looks like in Jeunet's head all the time.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Micmacs never bores -- Jeunet keeps the pace brisk and the mood ridiculous -- but the movie piles on the whimsy so tirelessly, you eventually start to choke on it.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Micmacs, finally, is a romp through comic cinema history in which everything zips by so fast that you're too distracted to notice that it's all completely meaningless.

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's superbly directed but the story just isn't involving and the characters are empty shells. Knowing how awesome this director can be, MICMACS was a major letdown.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's distinctive brand of zany and whimsical humour has won him a dedicated following, and fans of Delicatessen and Amélie should adore his new comedy thriller Micmacs.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Micmacs is quick and funny and easy but so light it floats away from you when all is said and done, and doesn't leave much behind. It's worth the time you spend with it though.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

We are encouraged to cheer for Bazil and his friends because they are so warm, quirky, and lovable ... Frankly, it's all a bit obnoxious.

January 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Casi una mixtura entre Delicatessen (1991) y Amèlie (2001), Micmacs se nutre de referencias clásicas (el circo, el cine mudo, la pantomima, los dibujos animados y la historieta) para narrar una aventura cómica brillantemente orquestada.

November 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Micmacs, if light and silly, is still a wonderful thing to behold, as clever and beautifully constructed as the wonderful automata that populate the tinker's workroom in the film.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmfest
Filmfest

It's a regular Amélie's 11, laden with screwball schemes and stripped of emotional arcs.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Dripping with gooey crowd-pleasing sentimentality.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

So much time is devoted to chases and ricocheting bullets that whimsy for whimsy's sake takes over.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Boon's lovely, embraceable performance is perfectly twinned with Jeunet's deft, artful direction. The result is playful and oddly affecting, a Rube Goldberg contraption of a film.

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

As a filmmaker, [Jeunet's] prime virtues have to do with textural details, discursive forays into character, little grace notes that accrete into rueful human - and humane - comedy.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

S'il n'y a rien qui cloche en soi avec ce sixième film de Jean-Pierre Jeunet, tout porte à croire que le projet fut tout de même entièrement réalisé sur le pilote automatique.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Panorama

A colorful three-ring circus of a movie, as one might expect from a production with a cast of characters that includes a human cannonball and a comely contortionist; unfortunately, the labored whimsy quickly wears out its welcome...

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

While it bears some stylistic similarities to Jeunet's early work, in its muted yet rich color palette and more-than-slightly off-kilter vision of a surreal world filled with oddball characters, it feels far less substantial than that earlier work.

July 18, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

The results are so imaginative, so visually inventive and playful that we easily overlook the film's flaws - even when they threaten the very elements we're enjoying.

July 17, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The charming if slight end result suggests Michael Moore by way of the Keystone Kops.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Deliriously inventive but dramatically empty, Micmacs is like watching a talented kid who doesn't know when to stop showing off

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot)

It's no secret that I am not the biggest French movie fan, but this one I found rather entertaining. A little strange, at times. The French sure do have a different sort of sense of humor. All in all, though, this movie rang alot of of my quirky bells...which kept me watching. Not too shabby.
November 14, 2011
itsjustme2004

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A man who has been shot and his motley group of friends pit arms manufacturers against one another.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who is probably most famous in the States for Amelie, has a few signatures that you can see in every one of his films. First, each character is almost always given an extensive backstory so that there are never minor characters just like, in life, there are never minor people. Second, the characters and situations are usually remarkably inventive and cleverly constructed. In Micmacs he's one for two. The main character is given five minutes of backstory, and his team of cohorts are given almost none, but the ploys they devise to catch the arms dealers are almost always delightfully carried. Watching a Jeunet character solve a problem is almost like watching a good magician.
Other critics have discussed the political message embedded in the film. One positive review, by Ty Burr, states, "Micmacs is the equivalent of a circus troupe setting up a tent in a war zone: You're entertained, even delighted, but after a while you suspect there are more serious matters at hand," but a negative review calls it "shallow." I saw the politics as tangential to the central, character-driven concern, and though I sympathize with both of those points, it didn't ruin the film for me by either bogging me down with a message or having the message so separate from the plot that the final moment seems like a departure.
Dominique Pinon is remarkable, a effervescent character actor, but the lead, Dany Boon, plays Bazil too cluelessly. Bazil doesn't seem like a clever guy when we first meet him, so when the plot makes his character perform clever ploys, it seems strange.
Overall, Micmacs is bound to be a disappointment for Jeunet fans, but it is nonetheless a solid, entertaining spectacle.
July 27, 2011
hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This French film is amusing vigilante story and breezy fun. With one notable expection, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films are rich, textured and enjoyably eccentric affairs, and have deservedly earned him favourable comparisons with the likes of Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton. But Jeunet's style and vision, which reached its apex in Amélie, offers more consistent results than either of those filmmakers.
The result plays out like Amélie's little life-improving schemes, albeit with a revenge motive and a team of conspirators. Lacking the vast resources of their quarry, Bazil and Co. prove to be genius improvisers - in one case performing a heist with a household alarm clock, a human cannonball and a gold fish bowl full of wasps. It's impressively inventive and entertainingly convoluted stuff.
But while virtually every frame creaks with inspiration, you can't help but come away feeling there's something missing. Perhaps it's to do with being so conditioned to expect a pay-off for every set-up. The extensive film-referencing comes, to a great degree, out of the fact that the pre-brainwound Bazil is a movie nut.
A more significant issue is Bazil himself. Whereas Amélie had at its heart a lovable, luminous brunette imp, here we have a large, blank-faced man of few words. And he's nowhere near as engaging. Dany Boon is a big deal in his homeland, but his appeal is yet to travel. We get that Bazil is shellshocked, but it does rather seem like Boon's coasting or, at least, failing to find the heart of his character while he's too busy playing on the surface. You may not be surprised to find that Boon started out as a mime.
July 24, 2011
deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A bit of a mess. Lots of intrigue and espionage (fitting for a movie entitled Non-Stop Shenanigans), but it's all a little too much fun and confusing for the political message embedded within. As such, the thesis on irresponsible tactics of war is as shallow as the one in The Girl In the Cafe. However, the colors and soundtrack are delightful as I've come to expect of Jeunet, of course.
May 23, 2011
aliceinpunderland

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    1. Bazil: Thanks, Calculator. I can count on those who count.
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    1. Bazil: Are there any pygmy midgets? How tall are they?
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