A Monster in Paris


A Monster in Paris

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An oversized bug is caught up in a most unexpected adventure in this animated comedy. It's 1910, and Raoul is a Parisian delivery man by day and scientist by night who is determined to brainstorm an important new invention. With the help of his friend Emile, a cinema projectionist with women on the brain, Raoul attempts an experiment in a greenhouse that has an unexpected side effect -- a tiny flea has suddenly expanded until it's seven feet tall. The enormous flea gets loose and it's not long before word is out that a monstrous bug is haunting Paris. However, while mean-spirited politician Victor tries to snare some publicity by making people afraid of the bug before he catches it, Lucille, a pretty nightclub performer, makes a surprising discovery -- the big flea is not only gentle and friendly, he's a gifted guitar player, and decked out in a suit and a hat, he's soon impressing patrons as part of her act. Un Monstre a Paris (aka A Monster In Paris) was written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, returning to France after directing several successful features in the United States. The original French voice cast includes Gad Elmaleh, Sebastien Desjours, Ludivine Sagnier and Francois Cluzet, while the English language version features Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Catherine O'Hara and Danny Huston; Vanessa Paradis voices Lucille in both versions. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Monster in Paris

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

  • Above all it's just plain fun, and the songs are catchy, too.

    Jan 30, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bibo Bergeron's charmingly animated but fiendishly plotted feature is up for an Oscar and just about deserves the compliment for originality, if not for its storyline.

    Jan 27, 2012 | Full Review…
  • The film has something of Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and indeed King Kong, but has an eccentric style of its own: a decent children's film.

    Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'A Monster in Paris' borrows some of its tics from silent cinema, but it also reaches out to films such as 'Frankenstein', 'Phantom of the Opera', 'The Fly' and 'King Kong' for inspiration.

    Jan 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • There are moments where the action drags, but ultimately, A Monster in Paris is worth seeing for the beautiful animation and songs alone.

    Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is almost more for adults than children, who may not appreciate the richly coloured animation, the lovely period-style music or the gentle storyline that relies on warm humour rather than out-and-out laughs.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Monster in Paris

  • Jan 02, 2014
    This is very sweet and beautifully animated, not sure why it was so under the radar...
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2014
    A giant flea ... The story is nothing special and most of the characters are forgettable, at best.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2013
    I think I liked this movie far more than the rating implies. It's a movie that wear its influences on its sleeve, from the silent film influences to old monster movies. I think the movie pays fitting tribute to the movies that influenced it, while still creating its own entertaining little story. I do think the movie does have some inconsistencies as far as its comedy goes but I think it is a heartfelt and sweet film. I think there's also some problems with the presentation of some of the characters. I think the movie could've spent a little more time developing its characters rather than just thrusting them right into the 'story' right from the start. But still, that's a minor complaint, because I do think the movie overcomes that because it is so lively and it has an entertaining tone. And, much unlike The Hole, this film can also be entertaining to adults and not just the kids, especially the film buffs that are into silent and old monster films. Of course the animation isn't outstanding, it doesn't have that polish that most people are used to, but I still think it's very good given the budget. Especially the animation for the musical performances, the dancing and whatnot, does look excellent. The voice acting is more than solid, if not particularly outstanding. So yes, I really liked this movie a lot. It doesn't get a better rating because it does lack a little extra something, but it's a 'very good' good movie. This is a fun family film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2012
    What starts out as an interesting mixture of francophilia and post-B-Movie eeriness quickly derails into a formulaic and bland family adventure that lacks finesse and interesting characters. Of course, a giant flea sound like something but what is the point if the film just copies other animated movies page per page. And do not get me started on the singing ... I am sorry, but Vanessa Paradis and Sean Lennon in a super falsetto duet is nigh unbearable. Bland and generic, skip this one. The animation is not on par with big budget production, which is fine if you can even the odd knack out with vision or art direction but the film does not do anything of the kind. Instead, we get clunky animations and lots (lots) of stretched textures and empty, liveless spaces.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer

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