The City of Lost Children

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    100
    The City Of Lost Children is as great a film as you thought "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was when you were five years old.
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    100
    This remarkable movie is really one-of-a-kind. [15 Dec 1995]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    100
    The City of Lost Children is a stunningly surreal fantasy, a fable of longing and danger, of heroic deeds and bravery, set in a brilliantly realized world of its own. It is one of the most audacious, original films of the year. [22 Dec 1995]
  4. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    100
    As a fable, The City of Lost Children may not have a resonantly significant moral, but as a film, it is without a doubt the most incredible thing that the cinema has brought us this year. [22 Dec 1995]
  5. 88
    For those who enjoy the offbeat, The City of Lost Children is worth taking the time and effort to find.
  6. You may end up wishing for a little less show and a lot more substance.
  7. Austin Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Joey O'Bryan
    78
    With its fine performances, gorgeous sets, incredible special effects, imaginative story line, beautiful score (by frequent David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti), and knockout cinematography, The City of Lost Children is very much worth seeing.
  8. 75
    I am not one of you. But I have enough of you in me to pass along the word. Far out.
  9. Children, and adults with adventurous taste in movies, will find this among the most eye-popping big-screen experiences in ages.
  10. The movie is best appreciated as a collection of whimsical toys drawn from a fantasy grab bag that encompasses everything from Grimm's fairy tales to "Star Wars."
  11. 70
    A vibrant, bubbling cauldron of breathtaking f/x, gross-out humor and in-your-face imagery.
  12. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    At its best, the movie is coldly clever with a few brilliant warmer moments - as when someone drops an Alka Seltzer into the tank to soothe the Brain. [14 Dec 1995]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 28, 2015
    9
    The City of Lost Children is a must-see for lovers of the surreal, especially steam punk. The film is rated R but has PG feel to it; it isThe City of Lost Children is a must-see for lovers of the surreal, especially steam punk. The film is rated R but has PG feel to it; it is like the fantasy adventure movies of the 80s with plenty humor and a bit of the grotesque mixed in (very reminiscent of Terry Gilliam films, though the vibe is different). The plot is not the greatest but sometimes I rate the film up because it has great style and outstanding visuals. Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    9
    *The City of Lost Children will have you gripped throughout the entire film. *

    The amazing futurist (Steampunk?) world the story is set in
    *The City of Lost Children will have you gripped throughout the entire film. *

    The amazing futurist (Steampunk?) world the story is set in is a delight to behold, if not weird and dark all at the same time and demands your full attention fear you loose your way with the plot!

    I love the characters in this film, they are almost straight out of Wonderland, a dark and twisted Wonderland at that. The story is a little odd, but compelling due to the strong acting and locations. Sometimes you do feel like you in some sort of twisted computer game rather than watching a film though!

    Without doubt this is a fantastic film, set in a dark wonderland of oddball characters and story lines that will keep your eyes glued from start to finish.
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  3. Aug 23, 2011
    10
    This movie, wow, just wow. I absolutely love this movie. My favorite movie of all time. No kidding. The atmosphere, the actors, the story,This movie, wow, just wow. I absolutely love this movie. My favorite movie of all time. No kidding. The atmosphere, the actors, the story, just wow. I love movies set in different worlds that don't really classify as sci-fi or fantasy. This is one such treat. Directed and written by the same director/writer of Delicatessen and it definitely shows. If you enjoy this I'd also recommend Big Fish, Mirrormask, and Dark City. Actually scratch that, even if you don't like City of Lost Children you should watch those movies. The only drawback I could see to this movie for audiences is that it is subtitled. However that should most certainly not deter anyone from seeing it. Read a little and get enveloped in this fantastic world. Full Review »