Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) Reviews

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September 1, 2010
Minor, almost trite, but still worth treasuring if you're not put off by "precious."
July 22, 2010
Jeunet remains one of the world's most imaginative directors. But Micmacs is a misfire.
July 16, 2010
While the parts are quite good, the sum is pretty pedestrian.
July 1, 2010
I suspect this is what the world looks like in Jeunet's head all the time.
July 1, 2010
Micmacs never bores -- Jeunet keeps the pace brisk and the mood ridiculous -- but the movie piles on the whimsy so tirelessly, you eventually start to choke on it.
June 25, 2010
Micmacs, finally, is a romp through comic cinema history in which everything zips by so fast that you're too distracted to notice that it's all completely meaningless.
June 25, 2010
Micmacs is never at a loss for imaginative frills; it's the details of the plotting, however, that get somewhat mired in the weeds.
June 18, 2010
Jeunet's maverick imagination sometimes gets the best of him, and Micmacs is an ultimately exhausting case in point.
June 17, 2010
Spiced with melancholy and magic, Micmacs is an imaginative live-action film with the playfulness of an animation like Ratatouille.
June 11, 2010
The films of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet are so rabidly inventive that, if you waltz into them unawares, you're likely to feel poleaxed.
June 11, 2010
Micmacs ends with an elaborate set piece celebrating illusion at its most seductive, but the movie itself winds up feeling like just that: an exercise in surface tricks and sleight of hand, without much emotion or warmth to give it more meaning.
June 4, 2010
I'm not ready in the current marketplace of boring junk to yet say that a movie can be TOO clever. Although Micmacs sure tests that theory.
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
A whimsical whirligig of a movie filled with salvaged metal and salvaged lives, where a bullet to the brain brings insight and a bunch of clever misfits bring a couple of weapons-making giants to their knees. What fun.
June 3, 2010
Micmacs is the equivalent of a circus troupe setting up a tent in a war zone: You're entertained, even delighted, but after a while you suspect there are more serious matters at hand.
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
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.
May 28, 2010
It is pure cinema almost for the sake of pure cinema, at its heart a surprisingly moving love story that ended up catching me almost by complete surprise.
May 28, 2010
There are sections of "Micmacs" that express the joy of a certain kind of moviemaking so vividly you can't help bursting into a grin. But the movie leaves you with a hollow feeling, like the crash that comes after a sugar binge.
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