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Universal acclaim- based on 291 Ratings

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  • Summary: Amélie, a young waitress in a tiny Parisian café, discovers an old box of childhood treasures hidden beneath her apartment floorboards which leads her on an odyssey to transform the lives of her neighbors, and perhaps even her own.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. This is the Paris -- and the mad, beautiful young Parisienne -- we look for in dreams.
  2. The movie is never mechanical or emotionally contrived, and at its heart is a guileless, enchanting performance by Tautou.
  3. 90
    There is no denying that Amélie is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous.
  4. An endearing film, and a fascinating one.
  5. A charmer, a movie whose embrace of cinema is so passionate it could be mistaken for an embrace of life.
  6. Whether you're charmed or bored by the movie depends entirely on your feelings for Amelie, a young woman whose hyper-quirky personality both takes some getting used to and grows old fast.
  7. 20
    Sucks -- because it's a frenetic bore that insists on its audience's adoration while making no demands upon their intelligence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 114
  2. Negative: 13 out of 114
  1. Sophie
    Aug 24, 2008
    10
    An artistic movie, art in sounds colors, everything its just magic. A fairy tale that moves the world for searching happines, best movie i have seen, exciting until the very last minutes. worth watching and understanding. Perfect art movie. Expand
  2. JohnB.
    Feb 5, 2007
    10
    One of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. Everything from the acting to the directing, the soundtrack to the production design is crafted exceptionally well and put together beautifully! Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really cannot believe there are any bad comments about this film. This movie is beautiful in every single way of beauty. The visuals are great, the story is great and the minimalism of the story is nothing but brilliant. Not even to mention the stunning soundtrack... Every person that doesn't like this movie must be one fan of those awful big Hollywood productions or those ridiculous American chick-flicks. Expand
  4. JessD.
    Dec 8, 2006
    9
    Adorable -- you really see a change in the character Amelie and because she's so sweet you're happy for her when things work out. The criticism floating around about how it's not a real vision of contemporary paris is true though-- no modern city is as beautiful, happy, and white as the Paris in Amelie. Collapse
  5. Oct 19, 2012
    9
    fantastic movie with very nice moments... it really opened d door for french movies in my entertainment list.. i love this movie... and d best part about is that despite being a silly rom com it has d magnitude of a light hearted thriller.. Expand
  6. Dec 1, 2011
    9
    I must confess that I am fascinated by this film . Forward to the totally uncompromising history weâ
  7. May 28, 2012
    0
    Thirty-five. That is the approximate number of times I bellowed the
    usual two-word, seven- letter refrain at the screen while watching this

    abomination of cinema. That would bring the total number of instances
    I've bellowed this phrase at a movie to perhaps forty. Every other movie I've ever seen is a better movie than 'Amelie', but
    it will appeal very well to people who'd rather live in a different
    universe. It picks up real, living humans and uses them like toys, like
    terminally uninformed parodies of humanity. It squanders reality. See
    that bar-maid there? That actress playing her is probably a fascinating
    woman - I'm SURE she's a fascinating woman - people tend heavily to be
    fascinating. Sadly though, this cartoon of a movie allows no
    manifestation of any side of any of its performers' personalities to
    show through at any point. I have never, ever been more infuriated by a
    movie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's previous film was 'Alien: Resurrection',
    which goes part-way, but not all the way, in explaining how this movie
    is as bad as it is. Although there is ever so much more to be said, that's about all I'm
    going to say about 'Amelie'. I'd like to tell you that this is because
    the film's Hadesian wretchedness is beyond my ability to properly
    describe, but that would constitute a falsehood on the scale of
    'Amelie'. The truth is that I am dismayed by the idea of exerting any
    more mental energy contemplating this grotesque puppet show. That the
    film receives such unbroken acclaim is a dreary testament to the desire
    of so very many people to escape from any form of recognizable life.
    For Jean-Pierre Jeunet to spit in my face would be so much kinder than
    what he did to me by making this movie it would constitute an
    atonement.

    (Note: Buried in the film's sound-track is one of the greatest songs
    I've ever heard; a version of 'Guilty' sung by Albert Bowlly in 1931.
    An acquaintance haplessly gave this film to me, and afterwards I told
    her that, although it was the single most detestable film I'd ever
    seen, without it I'd surely have gone the rest of my days without
    having heard that sublime melody, and was grateful to her. My
    relationship with that song will end only at the hour of my death,
    unlike my relationship with this film and its director, which
    terminates with the completion of this sentence.)
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