Micmacs

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Like "Amelie," Micmacs is visually dazzling, the ravishing images coming courtesy of "La Vie en Rose" cinematographer, Tetsuo Nagata.
  2. 91
    Quirky to the brink of exhaustion, the latest from Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a live-action Looney Tune complete with Acme contraptions and wily coyotes.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    85
    Like "The Big Sleep," Micmacs tells a tangled story that may be just too much for some viewers. But the film moves nimbly, has an exuberant sense of style and is leavened by comic asides, many of them strictly visual. (The movie would be plenty of fun even without the subtitles.)
  4. Jeunet maintains a firm control of his dreamscape creation, drawing on influences as varied as "Toy Story," "Children of Paradise," and TV's "Mission: Impossible."
  5. 83
    At its best, Micmacs is a robust, enjoyably lunatic game. It's social commentary by way of a good Looney Tune.
  6. The best part is that, amid all the hubbub, Jeunet, improbably and inevitably, draws out a love story between Bazil and Elastic Girl. Without it, Micmacs would have imploded. The romance, which is funny and sexy at the same time, anchors the shenanigans.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    80
    Turning the volume of his slapstick surreality down from 11 to 10, Gallic auteur Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("Amelie") hits the sweet spot with Micmacs.
  8. The whole thing is such a rare visual treat -- such a tres magnifique cinematic spectacle -- that those flaws are easy to overlook. Jeunet's film is hard to resist.
  9. 75
    Micmacs is an inventive romp punctuated by the kind of quirkiness Jeunet has brought to all his films.
  10. 75
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the French di rector of "Amelie," is back to more lighthearted whimsy with the delightful Micmacs.
  11. Spiced with melancholy and magic, Micmacs is an imaginative live-action film with the playfulness of an animation like "Ratatouille." Similarly, it is a fable of subterraneans who change how life is lived above ground in a Paris that is both retro and modern.
  12. Another beguiling if draining fantasia from Jean-Pierre Jeuet that harkens back to silent movies.
  13. 70
    Micmacs is more fantasia than violent revenge tale. And its pleasing curlicues--like a bouquet of spoons--linger long after the predictable outcome.
  14. Micmacs is ultimately shaped by Jeunet's unique creative vision -- a fun house of mirrors that is lovely to get lost in.
  15. 67
    Clever but, alas, largely forgettable.
  16. Jeunet's Micmacs resembles a live-action cartoon, one in which the set-pieces, the characters, and their actions all have the flavor of physical impossibility and unfettered imagination.
  17. 65
    Nearly everyone, and everything, in Micmacs is at one point or another guilty of trying too hard.
  18. 63
    An intricate and daft tale of love, family and revenge.
  19. 63
    I look at a film like this and must respect it for its ingenuity and love of detail. Then I remember "Amelie" and its heroine played by Audrey Tautou, and I understand what's wrong: There's nobody in the story who much makes us care.
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Micmacs is the equivalent of a circus troupe setting up a tent in a war zone: You're entertained, even delighted, but after a while you suspect there are more serious matters at hand.
  21. Jeunet -- whose influence can be seen in everything from the short-lived TV series "Pushing Daisies" to the Oscar-winning film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- remains one of the world's most imaginative directors. But Micmacs is a misfire.
  22. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    60
    Jeunet himself describes the film best: Delicatessen meets Amélie. But we'd add that, while it's certainly breezy fun, it's not quite as good as either.
  23. 60
    There is no question that the heart of Micmacs is in the right place, but the movie is also a little thin.
  24. Jeunet's new film, Micmacs, mixes the dark, claustrophobic world of "Delicatessen" and "City of Lost Children," with the happy-ending optimism of "Amélie" and "A Very Long Engagement." It isn't a convincing graft of moods.
  25. A comedy should provoke more than smiles. Should have characters instead of show-offs. Although often charming, Micmacs seems so pleased with itself that it hardly needs an audience.
  26. 50
    The movie clicks along pretty well until they launch their elaborate plot against the merchants of death, which seems to go on forever.
  27. 50
    Micmacs brings an infectious note of caprice to the old-fashioned caper film.
  28. 50
    Micmacs is a wan fizzle of a fantasy, a spirited, imaginative spectacle that never quite takes flight.
  29. The sequences in Micmacs are contorted too: impressive and bendy and aggressively shallow.
  30. For me, the mechanics or even the (excellent) designs are not enough. Jeunet's archness keeps conventional empathy or engagement at bay, and by design maintains a tone of artificiality.
  31. Highly visual but cold. It's undeniably inventive, but also relentlessly fey and self-consciously zany and, in terms of story, it moves with audacious slowness.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 13, 2013
    10
    What an all round great movie Totally unknown but thanks to an airing on uk freeview might just be about to take off! Highly innovative steamWhat an all round great movie Totally unknown but thanks to an airing on uk freeview might just be about to take off! Highly innovative steam punk revenge! The French humour translates to English tastes everything about this film is superb. Off to Amazon to buy a copy- this is one to watch time and time again!

    A masterpiece!
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  2. Oct 31, 2011
    9
    Sadly, pretty much every movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet after his uber-successful "Amelie" seems to be rather underappreciated, and Micmacs is noSadly, pretty much every movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet after his uber-successful "Amelie" seems to be rather underappreciated, and Micmacs is no different -- it certainly didn't get any wide release where I live.

    In short, it's a charming story, it features Jeunet's trademark visual style, and is certainly worth watching. I don't agree with one of the previous reviewers that it is "emotionally empty", but I would go as far as calling it rather naive, which matters especially since there is some kind of moral undercurrent running throughout the movie. Then again, most mainstream movies are not particularly deep, and at least Micmacs contains great visuals and excellent acting, so I'm inclined to (almost) unconditionally recommend it.
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  3. Jan 11, 2011
    7
    Pretty like Amelie, but emotionally empty and heavily masculine in tone. Jeunet's panache and flair is evident through set design andPretty like Amelie, but emotionally empty and heavily masculine in tone. Jeunet's panache and flair is evident through set design and camerawork but the story feels detached in a way that doesn't reflect the risk associated with life and death situations. Jeunet's sophisticated style is let down by narrative ironicism and though enjoyable, there is only just enough comedy in here to propel the lightweight story. Obviously if you are expecting fantasy and surrealism then you won't be disappointed. It sounds like I am being harsh, but Jeunet is a master of his craft and this is not a masterpiece. 69/100 Full Review »