Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil)

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Microbe and Gasoline brings Michel Gondry's distinctive gifts to bear on an oft-told tale, with thoroughly charming results.

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Microbe, a shy, aspiring artist, has trouble making friends at school until he meets Gasoline, a likeminded outcast. Together they hatch a plan to build a car and spend their summer on an epic road trip across France. This charming adventure from Michel Gondry (MOOD INDIGO, BE KIND REWIND) has been called his "most satisfying movie since ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND," reminding us how friendships can help us reach our true potential. Also starring Audrey Tautou (AMELIE, DA VINCI CODE).

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (5)

  • We appreciate the unique personalities of these two kids, and we're glad they found each other.

    July 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The laughs are sometimes bigger than expected, and so are the emotions stirred by the bittersweet finale.

    July 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Gondry conveys a feeling of happy fantasy: two against the world, managing despite everything.

    July 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Charming, melancholy, and, in the end, not terribly memorable, "Microbe & Gasoline" shows the gifted filmmaking eccentric Michel Gondry pulling back to more personal territory.

    July 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

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  • Packed with wit and warmth, "Microbe and Gasoline" is a minor key showstopper. It's proof you don't always need a huge fireworks display, sometimes a bottle rocket and a few sparklers will do the trick.

    July 15, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A cross between François Truffaut's sometimes-harrowing dramas about childhood and a Steven Spielberg fantasy, Gondry's film abounds with sentiment - without falling prey to sentimentality.

    July 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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