Amélie Reviews

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December 10, 2015
The whimsical romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet burst through the language barrier to become an international success.
December 2, 2014
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie is one of those once-in-a-decade comedies which scatters its charm like pearls from a broken necklace, all the more adorable because they are not real.
April 9, 2014
It is a tour de force of a bauble, if such a thing can exist.
April 9, 2014
Jeunet has succeeded at drawing us inside his head; the question is, do we want to be there?
April 9, 2014
It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance.
April 9, 2014
How far should we trust a plea for benevolence when it feels like a box of tricks?
April 9, 2014
Amelie contains enough material for a dozen or so charming shorts, but stretched to feature length, the whimsy grows wearisome, and the film delights far less than it seems to desire.
April 9, 2014
Underlying the directorial derring-do is an enduring truth: Love really can conquer all.
October 13, 2011
What comes across most powerfully is Jeunet's athletic, playful directing style, a tour de force of tricks, gags and effects.
June 25, 2011
The result is hip nostalgia, a postmodern fairy tale in which faith is replaced by predestination or simple luck, and the universe proves, against all odds, to be a place of kindness and abiding love.
July 6, 2010
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force, about a lass who makes sly incursions into the lives of her neighbors, is ambitious yet intimate.
February 9, 2006
The film is all the more interesting for remaining an eccentric one-of-a-kind that feels every bit the product of its writer-director's unique sensibility and worldview.
December 15, 2003
It's European-style magic realism if you like.
November 6, 2002
Jeunet lets the pacing lag a bit in spots, but Amelie's spirit never wanes. Even when her good deeds have negative results, her heart is in the right place. The same can be said for this movie.
June 1, 2002
A frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.
January 22, 2002
Treacle this elaborately inventive deserves some kind of blue ribbon.
November 16, 2001
Tautou is gloriously alive in the title role.
November 15, 2001
A blast of pure movie bliss, a hilarious, imaginative and exhilarating love letter to the romantic in all of us.
November 9, 2001
The sunniest face and the greatest acclaim belong to Audrey Tautou, who is new to these shores. A delight in the title role, she's like a young Audrey Hepburn, making us laugh and feel empathy without feeling manipulated.
November 9, 2001
There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
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