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  • Summary: From the creative mind of filmmaker Luc Besson, comes a larger-than-life, family adventure about a boy who, after his grandfather disappears, sets out to save his family home from emerging real estate developers. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. The movie--while it doesn't knock you out--doesn't self-destruct either. Besson may never rise to the level of his best American models here, but it's fun watching him try.
  2. Reviewed by: Monica A. Reyhani
    63
    Ultimately, Besson has made an interesting, if shaky in places, homage to childhood.
  3. The result isn't an unpalatable pudding but rather a fair-to-middling children's film that is half CG-animation and half live-action.
  4. There are cute flourishes, but much of the cleverness is smothered by tired dialogue and doughy animation, which gives the animated characters the personality of mannequins and the look of cheap merchandising knockoffs come to life.
  5. 33
    It's a film for kids who want to know what headaches feel like.
  6. 12
    This kids' cartoon from France is such a surreally demented attempt to connect with children that it's the equivalent of foie gras breakfast cereal or a bleu cheese milkshake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. PhilJ.
    May 28, 2008
    10
    Rather boring story, but is totaly worthwhile to watch for it's characters. The relationship between Arthur and Selenia is what really got me interested. The age difference between the two actors didn't bother me at all. It is a shame that the US versions had 10 minutes cut from it because of the deeper relationship between Arthur and Selenia. Well, I guess you can always watch the cut scenes on youtube. I'm looking forward to the sequels. Expand
  2. MaximilianK.
    Feb 21, 2007
    10
    I liked this movie a lot because there were little creatures, and how the boy went into the telescope. At the end of the telescope was a little glass, and after he hit the glass, the gooey stuff melted the glass and he went to the backyard and that was really really really cool!!!!!!! It was very exciting and fun. I also liked the way they escaped from the water coming by getting through a door using the wind-up car that they found, enabling them to go faster and saving them. This really good part was when the boy found his grandpa's hidden treasure in the backyard. I really liked the graphics. I recommend this movie for everyone to see! Expand
  3. JavierD.
    Jul 14, 2007
    9
    The animation is beautiful, and better than most US films. the story is lovely, but the English version has been cut of crucial scenes. Try to see the original French. Hint: Arthur marries Selenia and will be the future king of the Minimoys. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Apr 3, 2007
    6
    When Arthur(Freddy Highmore) first encounters Princess Selenia(Madonna), a beautiful and indelibly feminine, but nevertheless, creature, who could've been a figment of his raconteur grandfather's imagination; "Arthur & the Invisibles" brought me back to my first movie star crush. Her name was Kira. She was a gelfing. She was the most beautiful...muppet, I had ever seen(way, way, way prettier than Miss Piggy). Even though "Arthur & the Invisibles" largely covers the same terrain as "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids", a scene like the one in which Arthur shares a rosebud-turned-bed with Princess Selenia, somewhat alleviates this formulaic film from the commercially-mandated instinct that it's noisy action in which audiences yearn for. The age difference between Arthur and Princess Selenia is provocative(they come close to kissing), but never sordid; always sweet. If "Arthur & the Invisibles" had more ambition and artistry, the filmmaker could've chopped the running time of this first adventure(a tired story about recovering rubies to help save the farm), and reunited the age-challenged couple when Arthur got older. Princess Selenia isn't like the dragon in the Peter, Paul & Mary folksong(she's corporeal), but Arthur's affinity for this Minimoy may not last once he starts meeting human girls; which is what's intriguing, and potentially fatalistic, about Princess Selenia's promise that she'll wait for him. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2010
    6
    enjoyable, but not memorable
  6. PnArdyPnArdy
    May 13, 2007
    6
    Not impressive but cute 3d animation. Not really charming characters. Madonna's mature voice doesn't suit her young girl character and her partner - young boy who plays the leading role. To much mosquitoes. Expand
  7. BobS.
    Jan 12, 2007
    0
    Arthur and the Invisibles may be a tale for children, but it's got the bad habits of a profligate adult -- the thing borrows shamelessly from its betters and then pretends to be self-sustaining. YET, MADONNA--FAAABULOUS!!!! Expand

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