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Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Reviews

February 5, 2007
Strange and kind of meandering.
February 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/6
January 25, 2007
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.
January 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
January 12, 2007
While technically polished and adequately executed Arthur, like most of Besson's movies, is a strangely soulless experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2007
[Arthur and the Invisibles is] a film for kids who want to know what headaches feel like.
Read More | Original Score: D+
January 12, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
January 12, 2007
Good intentions, a full complement of parts, and proper assembly do not guarantee a successful result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: C+
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
There are too many things out of whack here, and too many unanswered questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 11, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 11, 2007
Essentially, though, the star is Besson himself, pulling out all the stops to give Pixar a run for their money.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
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.
January 11, 2007
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.
January 11, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2007
It's a pretty good picture, albeit a strange one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 11, 2007
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.
January 9, 2007
Predictable and overly busy, this sci-fi adventure should nonetheless appeal to game-savvy tots, especially those familiar with the source material.
December 29, 2006
Director Luc Besson admits he knew nothing about animation before he started this project, and it shows.
December 28, 2006
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.
December 28, 2006
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
[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.