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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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We appreciate the unique personalities of these two kids, and we're glad they found each other.
The laughs are sometimes bigger than expected, and so are the emotions stirred by the bittersweet finale.
Director Gondry conveys a feeling of happy fantasy: two against the world, managing despite everything.
Charming, melancholy, and, in the end, not terribly memorable, "Microbe & Gasoline" shows the gifted filmmaking eccentric Michel Gondry pulling back to more personal territory.
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.
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.
The performances by Ange Dargent and Théophile Baquet could not be better, and it's their authenticity and abandon that make this film a fine addition to the coming-of-age canon.
Michel Gondry leaves the creativity and whimsy to his characters, resulting in his best work in ages.
Microbe and Gasoline handles predictable scenes in unpredictable ways, and the weird stuff is so fun and strange that it makes up for anything pat.
Dramatizing the two boys' respective insecurities and strengths, Gondry has crafted a pair of loners who complement each other but aren't so outrageously different that their companionship feels forced.
Michel Gondry's coming-of-age road movie Microbe and Gasoline is, surprisingly, his best film since Be Kind Rewind, or even Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Gondry keeps his usual offbeat style in check, though the design of the boys' house-car is pretty whimsical. Mostly he finds the joy in the boys' small triumphs of growing up, contemplating girls and becoming fast friends.
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