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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 140
Fresh: 132 | Rotten: 8

Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 0

Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.



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French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza, in the French countryside. She buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, Madame Souza sets out to rescue

May 4, 2004


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Just when Jeffrey Katzenberg had loudly declared the death of 2-D animation, along came this sly, inventively drawn cartoon that blew the cumbrous studio leviathans out of the water.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Vous guessed it by now: Triplettes is terrific.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Relish the film's deadpan grotesquery, its flair for invention, be it the fanciful narrative segues or various object lessons...

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's impossible to watch this movie without gasping at its graphics, and yet we're so drawn into Chomet's way of seeing that, after a while, his genius erases the distinction between animation and live action.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Zee French, zay are different, non? Well, in this case, wonderfully so.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It occasionally suffers from longeurs, but it's moving and funny with moments of genius. More of the same, s'il vous plaît.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Astonishing, outlandish, and full of laughs.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is an animated movie to fall in love with.

May 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Beautiful animation, surreal imagery, funny quirky characters and engaging situations make this a gem that should be discovered.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Whimsy is alive and well in the movies, thanks to Sylvain Chomet.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If there's any justice in the world, French animator Sylvain Chomet will be handed the Animated Feature Oscar in February for this fantastic little film.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There are high-powered opiates that don't pack the psychedelic kick of this cartoon.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

La historia se cuenta en imágenes y sonidos, y ese es un primer gran mérito a tener en cuenta en una época en que los personajes del cine suelen hablar demasiado.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

A bustling cornucopia of delights.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Something unique: mixing styles, eras and geography into a cocktail that is both funny and melancholy.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source:

Chomet made this movie to remind us how imaginative animation can be as an art form.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

If you've a heart and a pulse, you will like this movie.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The big test was how few times I could look at my watch to determine how much more agony I had to endure.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

'El estilo y la atmósfera en que se desarrolla son de una calidad e inteligencia que pocas veces podemos apreciar de este lado del Atlántico.'

July 20, 2004

A beautiful but dull affair.

June 4, 2004 Full Review

Audience Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

Imaginative and completely engrossing. Chomet's animation is downright other-worldly. A must see.
October 21, 2012
Randy Tippy

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A grandmother and a dog track a kidnapped bicyclist to New York City and free him with the help of a trio of elderly singers. Initially, it's difficult to enter the peculiar, nearly silent retro-world created by animator Sylvain Chomet---which is equal parts slapstick, surrealism, and French impressions of 1920s American gangster movies---but it's well worth the effort.
May 22, 2012
Greg S

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As heartwarming as it is surreal and strange, The Triplets of Beleville is a very charming animated story with a good plot and terrific animation. It's very imaginative and one of the best examples of the finest traditionally drawn animated films of the 2000's. Which was the time when the type of animation was dying out only to be replaced by computer animated litter.
March 1, 2012
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Directors Cat

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The animation is funky, the music is a trip and the characters are touching... all with virtually no dialogue! It's very like a silent film, where the music does the work for you, and if nothing else, it's visually and aurally pleasing enough to hold your attention. Cute story, a visual treat, one of the most original films you'll ever see. Hung with Disney in the Best Animated Oscar race in its day.
March 21, 2011

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Foreign Titles

  • Les Triplettes de Belleville - Das große Rennen von Belleville (DE)
  • Belleville Rendez-Vous (UK)
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