Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Reviews

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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.
January 17, 2007
With its Day-Glo colors and fast pace, this $80 million live action/animated film may be the first acid trip for kids.
January 17, 2007
Whatever its flaws, Arthur and the Invisibles has a handmade, personal feel that finally affords it a cockeyed endearing quality.
January 16, 2007
Five pounds of poo in a one pound bag.
January 15, 2007
Arthur and the Invisibles has a story so psychedelic that each movie ticket purchased should also include a black light poster and some incense. Kids weaned on the likes of Pixar and Shrek won't know what to make of it.
January 14, 2007
Highmore has been given a free pass from Besson to act his little heart out, and this gifted kid has decided to use the Dakota Fanning 3000 method of predictable, robotic child acting. It's disappointing to witness.
January 14, 2007
It took me a few minutes to get used to the strange look of the Minimoy universe in 'Arthur and the Invisibles,' but I soon became enchanted with it.
January 13, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 13, 2007
To put it bluntly, this film has more plot holes than a Swiss cheese.
January 12, 2007
Audiences should ignore this one until Arthur becomes invisible.
January 12, 2007
Succumbing to the in-joke trend popular in children's films, Luc Besson's visually attractive movie spoils its own fantasy spell with anachronistic references and a quickly resolved story line.
January 12, 2007
While technically polished and adequately executed Arthur, like most of Besson's movies, is a strangely soulless experience.
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.
January 12, 2007
The story [Besson] co-wrote for Arthur is workable, even clever at times, but the visualization of the Minimoys and their crib is weird and almost aggressively off-putting -- like an episode of When CGI Attacks!
January 12, 2007
The film jumps and starts all over the place and simply isn't cohesive enough to appeal much beyond youngsters.
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.
January 12, 2007
[Arthur and the Invisibles is] a film for kids who want to know what headaches feel like.
January 12, 2007
Nothing in this movie works. Maybe all that tweaking helped, but I'm not betting on it.
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.
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