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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: One (Perlman) seeks for his twin brother, who was kidnapped by a scientist (Emilfork) who wants to steal children's dreams in an effort to stop aging.
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 112 min
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This remarkable movie is really one-of-a-kind. [15 Dec 1995]
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    You may end up wishing for a little less show and a lot more substance.
  4. Children, and adults with adventurous taste in movies, will find this among the most eye-popping big-screen experiences in ages.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A vibrant, bubbling cauldron of breathtaking f/x, gross-out humor and in-your-face imagery.
  6. Reviewed by: Georgia Brown
    City of Lost Children is so extravagantly cluttered, so packed to the portholes, it's hard to sort out, or even see, what's there. Under the overload, however, it has some perfectly lovely elements. [19 Dec 1995]
  7. This delirious film is overflowing with energy and effects, but it lacks the heart and soul that would have made it important as well as impressive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ThomasS.
    Feb 28, 2009
    My favorite movie of them all!
  2. Aug 23, 2011
    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. Expand
  3. GregR.
    Oct 14, 2008
    Excellent, surreal film set in a dream world of bizarre characters and inventions. Definitely not a movie for everyone, but if you loved Brazil you may love this. The two aren't related, I just think the same sensibility that appreciates Brazil will probably appreciate this. The filming itself is beautiful, with rich colors and camera work. THe sets are great. The actors are all well cast for their characters. Collapse
  4. Jun 3, 2014
    *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.
  5. Aug 27, 2010
    It's a dense, over-bloated film with more twisted ideas than it can possibly dish out gracefully, but it's so visually enticing and filled with enough intrigue that it is definitely worth the two hours of confusion. If a comparison is needed, think of it as the French version of "Brazil," without the political overtones. Expand

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