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

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.
May 5, 2016
Should appeal to precocious children... Adults may find it as derivative and simplistic as the steampunk aesthetic to which it's indebted, but for a gateway to more resonant cinema and literature, you could do worse.
April 15, 2016
April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.
April 14, 2016
"April and the Extraordinary World" is a visual delight, an animated French steampunk adventure that is smart, exciting and wonderfully weird.
April 7, 2016
In truth, the story is practically beside the point with all the spectacular visuals.
April 7, 2016
A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.
April 7, 2016
Fun, fast-paced French film d'animation that manages to keep its ideas from getting lost amid the steampunk aesthetics, frequent chases, and occasional explosions.
April 7, 2016
If you're a steampunk fan, by all means go. Just don't expect a classic.
April 1, 2016
While the film tells a rollicking, sometimes barbed story about oppressive governments, secret labs, selfishness, and the point where science meets ethics, it's the world-building that really delights.
March 31, 2016
Ambitious in scale and often gorgeous to look at.
March 30, 2016
The filmmakers are willing to dabble in social allegory while refusing to boil things down to a simple opposition between good and evil. At the same time, the twists are sufficiently outrageous to suggest that everyone involved is having fun.
March 25, 2016
A joyful, accomplished movie that echoes "The City of Lost Children," "The Adventures of Tintin," "Metropolis," "Howl's Moving Castle" and something unique into a, well, delightful piece of work.
March 24, 2016
Who says they don't make mind-bending French science-fiction animated movies like they used to?
March 22, 2016
The movie's Jules Verne-esque contraptions are fun to look at -- and will make steampunk fans drool with delight -- but by no means do Tardi and company want viewers to feel nostalgic for this alternate past.
March 22, 2016
An all-too-rare example of steampunk done right - which also acknowledges that, however pretty such industrial imagery might seem from afar, actually living in such a world would be kind of horrible.
March 17, 2016
Within a thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience, attentive parents will find the antidote to their fear that watching cartoons might rot your brain.
July 8, 2015
A surreal sci-fi period piece that reimagines mid-20th century Paris as a smog-filled, steam-powered Napoleonic empire whose future lies in the hands of an orphaned young woman.