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Arthur wastes its big-name voice talent on a predictable script and substandard CG animation. Read critic reviews

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Ten-year-old Arthur must find a way to keep the home of his beloved grandmother from being destroyed by a developer with other plans. Remembering his grandfather's story of a treasure, he enters the world of tiny beings who live in perfect harmony with nature. Together with Princess Selenia and her young brother, Betameche, Arthur goes in search of the treasure and -- along the way -- discovers that his long-absent grandfather may not be missing after all.

Cast & Crew

Madonna
Princess Selenia
Voice
David Bowie
Maltazard
Voice
Penny Balfour
Arthur's Mother
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Max
Voice
Mia Farrow
Max's Grandmother
Jerry Di Giacomo
Repairman
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Ron Crawford
Archibald
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Eric Serra
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Thierry Arbogast
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Dominique Delguste
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Hugues Tissandier
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Patrice Garcia
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Critic Reviews for Arthur and the Invisibles

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (72)

  • In a year when a lot of big-screen animation felt like it came rolling off the video game assembly line, a little originality goes a long way.

    March 24, 2007
  • Strange and kind of meandering.

    February 5, 2007
  • A lazy fairy-tale pastiche reveling in mite-size cherubs, which cribs from gnomic mythology, elvish lore, Harry Potter, Arthurian legend and can't-pay-the-rent melodrama.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Here is an overproduced, oversugared semi-animated children's fantasy adventure from Luc Besson that made me want to cringe into my plush seat, never to re-emerge.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Besson's labour of love is a feast for the eyes but leaves the imagination distinctly undernourished.

    January 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Looks like European animation is still light years behind the US and Japan. Thank goodness for Highmore and Farrow - if only the whole film had been live-action.

    January 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arthur and the Invisibles

  • Jan 15, 2011
    you may call this Child movie, but The meaning in this movie are for STOP Destruction on our planet... maybe you cannot save a huge forest, but you could start saving your backyard or frontyard to a nice green view...
    Dedy N C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    they take the animation very seriously with this film and the end result is a pretty entertaining film thats not saying it was good but it had enough cheese factor to keep me watching
    Michael E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    Served well by his inspired lunacy in crafting the deliciously intoxicating sci-fi/fantasy guilty pleasure The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson has smartly honed his obvious gift for designing trippy alien landscapes and their unique backstories on a family franchise. Fantastically inventive, Arthur and the Invisibles certainly demonstrates a richness of these impressive trappings, meaning it has the potential to delight even the brattiest of children…but it ultimately proves to be an over-abundance of riches, a wealth that could potentially make the audience a bit bratty. Based on Besson’s children’s book “Arthur et les Minimoys,” this PG-rated story follows a ten year boy (Highmore) who, in an effort to secure a treasure that will save his grandmother’s (Marrow) house from being demolished, ventures to a world where the inhabitants are a tenth of an inch high. Though not wholly original (think The Secret of Nimh meets TV’s The Littles), Besson’s Minimoy world is buoyed by the writer/director’s laudable infusion of his signature smart-alecky humor. Better yet, the winning characters responsible for voicing these gems are piped by celebrities who-although overly marketable (Madonna, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie)-perfectly fade into the beautifully-animated elfin landscape. This goes doubly so for Highmore, who does awesome turns in both live action and cartoon form. Besson, however, overworked himself. There is simply too much exposition and backstory to effectively accommodate the running time. What should be a breezy thrill-ride turns into a frenzied rush to cram it all in, causing a number of the film’s seminal moments to become anti-climatic. Bottom line: Better off invisible.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    The movie seemed a little bit rushed to me. It's basically a good one for the kids. And the character "Maltazard" reminded me of "Voldemort" from <i>Harry Potter</i>. It's watchable. I like Freddie Highmore's accent. He always seems decent and into this sorta movies. Cute kid.
    Dead A Super Reviewer

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