Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 88
    It's practically a primer on how to rework a literary classic into an impressively restrained movie with something fresh and intelligent to say.
  2. It's both innocent and bizarre, with a mischievous sense of fantasy marked by simple but striking cinematic magic.
  3. 75
    Told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    An enjoyable hour-and-a-half for adults that creates a wholly unique world of colorful sets, costumes, and characters.
  5. Seasonally it's more appropriate as a May Day bacchanal, but in any month Demy's movie makes for an evocative globe-paperweight tableau of its place and time, and a concise demonstration of the disquietude inherent in classic fairy tales.
  6. 50
    It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.

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