Adèle Blanc-Sec
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Writer-director-producer Luc Besson's affinity for megabudgeted, FX-heavy adventure spectacles is well-known and publicized; with his outing The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, he adds yet another chapter to this tradition. An adaptation of a popular French comic book from the 1970s, it stars Louise Bourgoin (The Girl from Monaco) as the redheaded title character, a wisecracking, hard-living adventurer-cum-novelist living in pre-WWI France. As the tale opens, Adele is on a mission in Egypt, attempting to retrieve a sarcophagus and tote it back to Western Europe, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"It all plays on one note of droll flippancy, which, while pleasingly mordant, is all style and very little substance."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Visually impressive old-school fun, anchored by a charmingly confident performance from Louise Bourgoin."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"It is a pleasure to look at, but the performances are heavy-handed rather than pleasantly stylised and the whimsy over-abundant."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Coasts in on a waft of burlesque acting and droll good humour, with each episode metaphorically framed by quotation marks."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"A film that's never quite as witty or thrilling as you'd hope, yet marches defiantly to its own beat."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"This is what comic-book movies look like when they're not blown up into $200 million monstrosities: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"[Blu-ray Review] It's got first-rate, photorealistic CGI effects, fine period art direction and costumes, and features an irresistible lead performance."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Children will undoubtedly delight in this juvenile cartoonish caper."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"This is a thoroughly likeable romp, astutely grounded by its no-nonsense protagonist and a healthy line in gallows - or rather, guillotine - humour."
‑ , Sky Movies
"It's all very exhuberant and well mounted but Indiana Jones it is not."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The film lacks the more corrosive aspects of [Jacques] Tardi's work, but Besson replaces it with something that gives the story a larger shape and meaning."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"A spirited, if chaotic, fantasy adventure that pilfers the best bits from Indiana Jones and gives them a distinctly Gallic flavour."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The plot, is frankly, completely barmy but it's directed with panache and energy by Luc Besson and is good fun for the most part."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Flagrantly silly, but also disarmingly feather-light and charming."
‑ Josh Winning, Little White Lies
"A manic mash-up of The Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Q - The Winged Serpent and Night At The Museum, where a pterodactyl chick meets retro chic - but somehow it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
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