April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) Reviews

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May 17, 2019
An excellent animated feature with likeable characters, stunning and creative imagery, and a fast-paced and nicely complex storyline.
April 5, 2019
Pure enjoyment, but then I've always been in the bag for humanist sci-fi, lizards wearing robot armor, unusual and meticulous production design, and adventure stories where one of the heroes is a brainy woman and the other is a talking cat.
February 11, 2019
I loved it, and I think it is a film that will improve with each viewing.
August 23, 2018
It is compelling, not convoluted, and, best of all, takes place in an imagined steampunk world that is wondrous to behold.
January 16, 2018
... at times I seemed to be seeing some kind of tribute to the adventures of Indiana Jones... [Full review in Spanish]
October 6, 2017
Imagine Oliver Twist meets Jules Verne as a whimsical fantasy fable, a film made for kids but clever and creative enough for adults.
September 27, 2017
In the manner of this kind of thing, the story is too complex to spell out, but it's as entertaining as the design of the film is compelling to look at.
September 19, 2017
The movie is interesting but that is not nearly enough to entertain, even if only for 106 minutes.
September 11, 2017
The movie radiates quaint period charm from the start.
August 8, 2017
A dignified, honest and comfortable epic in which the progress of man depends not only on his ingenuity in the invention and creation of artifacts that facilitate his existence, but of having an authentic interest for humanity. [Full review in Spanish]
July 14, 2017
April and the Extraordinary World doesn't turn away from the darkness of the world - in fact, that darkness is integral to the plot. But our final impression is one of hope and wonder.
January 9, 2017
As much as April and the Extraordinary World veers around a little too often and gets too self-indulgent with its exposition, the film effectively builds a whole other steampunk-inspired world in which viewers can get lost, gas masks and all.
June 1, 2016
This hand-drawn animated feature by first-time directors Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci is a steampunk marvel that will enchant both kids and adults with its high-concept premise.
May 31, 2016
Given how sumptuous the details are in every scene, the alternate universe here, even as far from reality as it is, is conceivably real.
May 22, 2016
"April's" sophisticated animation and unabashed visual invention more than make up for its unwholesomeness as an emotional vision.
May 18, 2016
Even in today's world of banal CGI wonders, it would be a tall order to render the scope and detail of the Franklins' ominous steampunk world in a live-action tent-pole.
May 8, 2016
Soot and steam seep into every frame, so that you can almost sense the picture wheezing.
May 6, 2016
April is a creative and compelling film set in an alternate historic reality that imagines different results from the Industrial Revolution. It's essentially a steampunk fantasy with subtitles.
May 6, 2016
The film seems constantly ready to collapse under the weight of its absurdity ... but it never does.
May 5, 2016
There's enough imagination in the French-made animated adventure April and the Extraordinary World to spread across 10 movies, and enough visual wonder to match its tricky plot.
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