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Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Reviews

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Strange and kind of meandering.

February 5, 2007
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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A lazy fairy-tale pastiche reveling in mite-size cherubs, which cribs from gnomic mythology, elvish lore, Harry Potter, Arthurian legend and can't-pay-the-rent melodrama.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 3, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Luc Besson's half-baked live-action/animated fantasy looks like it was invented on the hoof: it's erratically plotted, poorly animated, overly derivative and too insufferably cute to interest anyone above undemanding toddler age.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 25, 2007
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Luc Besson has made a fair share of artfully bad movies. Arthur and the Invisibles -- half-live-action, half-CG kid's adventure -- is (by a hair) more bad-bad, like The Fifth Element, than good-bad, like The Big Blue.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

January 17, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 13, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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While technically polished and adequately executed Arthur, like most of Besson's movies, is a strangely soulless experience.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Besson is a pro when it comes to action movies, but this part live, part animation effort is a mess, highlighted by creepy animation, derivative plot points and a child star who speaks way too fast.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 12, 2007
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Luc Besson serves up a hybrid of live actors and computer-generated figures to tell a not-endearing-enough story about a boy who shrinks to microscopic size to find his missing grandfather.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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[Arthur and the Invisibles is] a film for kids who want to know what headaches feel like.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

January 12, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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There's a reason American animated filmmakers don't use the great Robert De Niro, Jason Bateman and Madonna to voice their cartoons. These big names add nothing to this frustrating goulash of fairy tales and fantasy-film ingredients.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 12, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This kids' cartoon from France is such a surreally demented attempt to connect with children that it's the equivalent of foie gras breakfast cereal or a bleu cheese milkshake.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 12, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Good intentions, a full complement of parts, and proper assembly do not guarantee a successful result.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Directed by Luc Besson, this inventive family movie sets up the most delightful premise, then squanders it on the kind of yawn-inducing CG adventure you might expect from one of those long, plot-heavy cut scenes that slow down video games.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Arthur and the Invisibles may be a tale for children, but it's got the bad habits of a profligate adult -- the thing borrows shamelessly from its betters and then pretends to be self-sustaining.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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An odd imp of a movie, Arthur and the Invisibles may actually be filled with a bit too much invention for the average kid.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

January 12, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Too eccentric for kids, too silly for everyone else, it floats in a Neverland of breathtaking visuals in service of a story that pilfers everything (and I mean everything) from the Arthur legends to last summer's The Ant Bully.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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There are too many things out of whack here, and too many unanswered questions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 12, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie bing-bing-bings all over the place, repurposing fantasy novels, video games, Arthurian legends. Besson's grocery bill for all I know. Even the musical score has multiple-personality disorder.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 12, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Luc Besson, the most-Hollywoodish of Gallic directors, has adapted his own series of popular (in France) kid-lit tomes to produce a glossy, expensive ($84 million) and long-winded mix of live action and computer animation.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 11, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Essentially, though, the star is Besson himself, pulling out all the stops to give Pixar a run for their money.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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A mishmash with a distinctive but disorderly animation palette whose top-notch voice cast -- including Robert De Niro, Madonna and David Bowie -- gets lost in the muck.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 11, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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This children's epic is slowed considerably by a convoluted, multi-tiered plotline in which we bounce between the human world and the Minimoy one. None of the characters are compelling, despite the star-studded vocal cast behind them.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 11, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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There's no time to sort out the players or the story as things rush ahead at an overwrought pace. Huge amounts of backstory are just plopped down in front of us, so fast and furiously that it makes little sense.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

January 11, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's a pretty good picture, albeit a strange one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 11, 2007
John Anderson
Newsday
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Arthur and the Invisibles makes an excellent case against casting animated movies with celebrity voices. There are people who make their living as voiceover artists, and they would have been infinitely better than the lackluster Robert De Niro.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

January 11, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Luc Besson has never been one of my favorite filmmakers, but he seems to have found his metier in children's fantasy, and this semianimated adventure is enjoyable and imaginative despite its formulaic qualities.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 11, 2007
Jean Oppenheimer
Village Voice
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Predictable and overly busy, this sci-fi adventure should nonetheless appeal to game-savvy tots, especially those familiar with the source material.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 9, 2007
Alex Chun
Los Angeles Times
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Director Luc Besson admits he knew nothing about animation before he started this project, and it shows.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 29, 2006
Robert Koehler
Variety
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The bucolic wonder buried in Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles has been snuffed out by this alienating and dislikable animated film. As overproduced and acrid as The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and The Fifth Element.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 28, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Besson drags things out considerably for his young audience at 122 minutes. The CG work is clever but cannot measure up to Pixar's standards in cleverness or imagination. Nothing is fresh here.

December 28, 2006
Jean Oppenheimer
L.A. Weekly
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[Actor Freddie] Highmore is sweetly exuberant, but the voice talent is uneven, and the only really clever bits find the CGI characters navigating real live foliage.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 28, 2006
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