Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) Reviews

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June 3, 2010
I found this film unbearable, almost unwatchable. Fifteen minutes in, I felt as though I'd been drugged, and I stayed awake only by shifting constantly ...
June 3, 2010
The movie clicks along pretty well until they launch their elaborate plot against the merchants of death, which seems to go on forever.
June 3, 2010
The movie would be sweeter if it developed its characters instead of trying to be so cute all the time.
June 3, 2010
Jeunet's film, co-written by the director and Guillaume Laurant, is one of high polish and prodigious creativity. I found it exhausting.
June 3, 2010
In an age when special effects can show us almost anything, there can come a tipping point when a movie is essentially only showing off. I'm not flatly against that, but in general, I like to delude myself that the story is in the foreground.
June 2, 2010
If he were judged solely by the first five minutes of his films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet would rank among the world's top filmmakers. Unfortunately, the remaining 100 minutes or so place him among the most overrated.
May 28, 2010
Although often charming, Micmacs seems so pleased with itself that it hardly needs an audience.
May 27, 2010
free-style caricatures turn the movie into a bucket of comic slop
May 26, 2010
It feels sprung directly from the insides of a cuckoo clock. All the characters chirp their one happy note at just the right moments, and you wake up in an artificial Paris that ought to insult any self-respecting Francophile.
May 24, 2010
Micmacs is the logical next step in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's career, more or less completely doing away with narrative as a vital component and exalting mouse trap-style set pieces as a be-all end-all.
April 28, 2010
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has turned to caricaturing his own fixation on Rube Goldberg mechanics to create a truly boring cinematic exercise in futility.
April 8, 2010
It throws just about every piece of shtick in Jeunet's book at us, and the result is that we spend very little time getting to know the characters. They are undeveloped.
April 5, 2010
It's like every American's worst nightmare of what France must be like.
February 26, 2010
Jeunetâ(TM)s fondness for the whimsical and slapstick has gone over the top, leaving plot and character floundering.
February 26, 2010
This feels like his version of a Guy Ritchie movie, laying on slapsticky violence and tiresome mugging around a disconcertingly tactless vendetta plot.
February 26, 2010
Though it aspires to be like Chaplin or Tati, it's more like a bunch of terribly earnest clowns from the Cirque du Soleil performing a self-consciously cutesy, politicised version of Mission Impossible.
February 26, 2010
A film that has belaboured our funnybones for 100 minutes makes a charge for our tear ducts. Neither we nor the landmine victims deserved this facile flipping of agenda.
February 26, 2010
The film is visually impressive and I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh a few times. But too often, the gags aren't so much quirky as just plain jarring.
February 26, 2010
Micmacs is Jeunet's whimsy unrestrained; this is hardcore twee, uncut cute. Every character on screen is quirky and eccentric to various degrees of irritation, and the constant visual whizbang stuff never lets the actors interact.
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