Micmacs (Micmacs tire-larigot) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2010
Minor, almost trite, but still worth treasuring if you're not put off by "precious."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 22, 2010
Jeunet remains one of the world's most imaginative directors. But Micmacs is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 16, 2010
While the parts are quite good, the sum is pretty pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
July 1, 2010
I suspect this is what the world looks like in Jeunet's head all the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 1, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
June 25, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 18, 2010
Jeunet's maverick imagination sometimes gets the best of him, and Micmacs is an ultimately exhausting case in point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 17, 2010
Spiced with melancholy and magic, Micmacs is an imaginative live-action film with the playfulness of an animation like Ratatouille.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 11, 2010
The films of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet are so rabidly inventive that, if you waltz into them unawares, you're likely to feel poleaxed.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 11, 2010
Micmacs ends with an elaborate set piece celebrating illusion at its most seductive, but the movie itself winds up feeling like just that: an exercise in surface tricks and sleight of hand, without much emotion or warmth to give it more meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2010
Whimsical, theatrical and long on make-believe, it's as light as a feather and twice as ticklish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 3, 2010
I found this film unbearable, almost unwatchable. Fifteen minutes in, I felt as though I'd been drugged, and I stayed awake only by shifting constantly ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2010
A whimsical whirligig of a movie filled with salvaged metal and salvaged lives, where a bullet to the brain brings insight and a bunch of clever misfits bring a couple of weapons-making giants to their knees. What fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 3, 2010
The movie clicks along pretty well until they launch their elaborate plot against the merchants of death, which seems to go on forever.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 3, 2010
Jeunet's film, co-written by the director and Guillaume Laurant, is one of high polish and prodigious creativity. I found it exhausting.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 3, 2010
In an age when special effects can show us almost anything, there can come a tipping point when a movie is essentially only showing off. I'm not flatly against that, but in general, I like to delude myself that the story is in the foreground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sam Adams
Salon.com
May 28, 2010
There are sections of "Micmacs" that express the joy of a certain kind of moviemaking so vividly you can't help bursting into a grin. But the movie leaves you with a hollow feeling, like the crash that comes after a sugar binge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 28, 2010
Who would wish to quarrel with such a sweet and noble sentiment? There is no question that the heart of Micmacs is in the right place, but the movie is also a little thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
May 28, 2010
Although often charming, Micmacs seems so pleased with itself that it hardly needs an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 28, 2010
Influenced by Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton -- as well as the British Carry On slapstick farces -- this film has long stretches without any dialogue at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 27, 2010
Micmacs is like a Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd movie where everybody is Buster or Harold, yet they all work in harmony.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 27, 2010
Micmacs is an enjoyably weightless farce, a slapdash, stylish Rube Goldberg device made out of people instead of mechanical parts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
Allusions are made to recent European arms deals in the Balkans and Afghanistan, but Micmacs is more fantasia than violent revenge tale. And its pleasing curlicues -- like a bouquet of spoons -- linger long after the predictable outcome.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 26, 2010
Director and co-writer Jean-Pierre Jeunet is back doing what he likes best, which is moving eccentric characters around a board in a miniature game of fate and chance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 26, 2010
Micmacs is an inventive romp punctuated by the kind of quirkiness Jeunet has brought to all his films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 26, 2010
It feels sprung directly from the insides of a cuckoo clock. All the characters chirp their one happy note at just the right moments, and you wake up in an artificial Paris that ought to insult any self-respecting Francophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 26, 2010
Micmacs may not be everyone's cup of capricious comedy, but it delivers an audio-visual picnic of surprises that makes craziness contagious.
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David Germain
San Francisco Chronicle
May 24, 2010
It's a nice palate cleanser among all the computer-generated action of Hollywood's summer blockbusters.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2010
Boon holds it all together with gentle clumsiness and improvisational clowning.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
May 21, 2010
Carefully apportions its visual jokes rather than bombarding the viewer with them.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
February 26, 2010
A comic potshot at the arms industry that makes for a hearty, if modest, return to form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5